Police to question Ninja Man’s son

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Detectives from the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) are later this week expected to begin questioning the teenaged son of popular dancehall artiste Ninja Man.

The teenager was picked up by the police in Breadnut Hill, St Ann on Friday and taken to Kingston on Sunday. He is being held in connection with the shooting death of a man in Kingston in March, for which his father, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne has been charged.

A man held along with the entertainer’s son was also taken back to Kingston as the police investigate the death of Ricardo Johnson, 20, who was gunned down on March 17 on Lower Marl Road.

Ballentine, charged on March 21 for murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm, has since appeared in court and remains in police custody.

Reports are that Johnson was sweeping his yard in the company of a friend when a grey motorcar drove up. An argument reportedly developed between Johnson’s friend and one of the men in the car. The men drove off but later returned and opened fire, hitting Johnson who died at the Kingston Public Hospital.

A grey motor car resembling the one used in the incident has also been seized by the police.

Ninja Man, who has publicly professed his innocence in the matter, is the founder of the One Umbrella Movement, an organisation created to promote peace in the Marl Road community.

He’s to return to court May 7.

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