Desmond Ninja Man Ballentine back in custody, case sent to special court
UPDATED: Ninja Man's murder case sent to special court
Popular entertainer Desmond ”Ninja Man” Ballentine is back in custody, his bail was revoked by Justice Martin Gayle yesterday at the end of day one of his long-delayed murder trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.
Ballentine was arrested and charged in 2009 along with his son, Janeil Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.
Ninja Man turned himself in to the police after they listed him as a person of interest, while his son and the other accused were held during a police operation in St Ann.
They are also charged with shooting with intent.
The case was first before the court in 2009 and has 17 missed trial dates and 23 mention dates in the eight years.
Before the trial commenced, attorneys for the three men made an application for a stay of proceedings for abuse of process.
The application was, however, refused and Gayle ordered that the trial commenced immediately.
A seven-member jury has been selected and prosecutors have already outlined the allegations against the entertainer and his co-accused.
The case has been transferred to the recently established special court set up to deal with matters on the court list for more than five years.