Ninja Man set for April 2015 trial date in murder case

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Ninja ManThe ongoing murder case involving legendary deejay, Ninja Man has been put off again, with the entertainer now set to stand trial next April.

The case, which stems from an alleged incident in March 2009, was heard in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston Monday morning. Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballantine, is jointly charged along with his son, Janiel Ballantine and two other men for the shooting death of Richard Johnson in the Mall Road area of Kingston on March 16 of that year.

A date of April 13,2015 was set for the trial’s commencement.

Having been before the courts for over five years, Queen’s Counsel, K.D. Knight applied to have the matter adjourned this past April on the grounds that Ninja Man’s constitutional rights have been violated due to the length of time it has taken to try the case. However, said application was refused by the presiding judge, Justice Lloyd Hibbert, saying that the Home Circuit Court was not proper forum to for an application seeking constitutional redress to be heard.

Ninja Man has been on bail since March 2012.

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