Ninjaman and His Son Found Guilty Of Murder

He was the star witness for the prosecution who argued that on the day of the murder, the three men had an argument with Johnson who was sweeping a yard on Marl Road. Who is Ninjaman? The men then left the scene and returned a short while later with guns blazing. According to the prosecution, the three men murdered 20-year-old Ricardo Johnson, aka Ricky Trooper, from Marl Road, Kingston 13 in March 2009. He changed his name in 1980 to Ninjaman and started deejaying on Killamanjaro sound system. The famed deejay was born in Annotto Bay, Jamaica, on January 20, 1966. That same year he released his debut single “Uglyman” and started being around artists like Early B and Super Cat who were established acts at the time. Ninjaman, 51, and his two co-accused are facing life imprisonment for the crime. Ninjaman is one of the pioneers of hardcore dancehall music. The dancehall legend, real name Desmond Ballentine, his Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton were found guilty by a seven-member jury who deliberated for three hours. In the late 80s to early 90s, Ninjaman scored a number of hit songs and established himself as a clash artist thanks to his notorious clash with Supercat at Sting 1991. The dancehall deejay was granted a JM$2 million bail in 2012 following numerous delays in the trial. Ninjaman and his two co-accused have maintained their innocence and will likely appeal the conviction. During the month-long trial, the prosecution introduced seven witnesses including a man who is in witness protection who testified that the three men fired two shots at him but he ran for his life. He will be back before the judge next month for his sentencing hearing and is currently behind bars. The three weeks trial was held in camera behind closed doors, which means the public or the media did not have access to the courtroom. He will likely be housed in the same Tower Street prison as Vybz Kartel.   That song elevated his profile as a dancehall artist and from there he started working with producers like Ini Kamoze, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Steely & Clevie, Bobby Digital, and King Jammy. Following an investigation, cops arrested Ninjaman and his co-accused. Tweet
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Ninjaman and his son, Jamiel, were found guilty of murder in the Home Circuit Court on Monday. The case has seen 23 mentions in the court and 17 delays up until last month when a judged revoked the deejay’s bail and ordered the trial be concluded. He then moved to Kingston at the age of 12 and started deejaying at the age of 14 under the name “Double Ugly” while working with some local sound systems like Black Culture. That clash is down in history as one of the most fierce lyrical battles in dancehall history. The murder case was tried in a special court that deals with cases over five years old with Justice Martin Gayle presiding over the high profile case. By the mid-1980s, Ninjaman started recording and producing himself and there he found his breakout hit “Protection” a song that features Courtney Melody.