Popular entertainer Ninja Man has been taken back into police custody as his murder trial begins.

Justice Martin Gayle on Tuesday afternoon revoked the bail for Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne, at the end of day one of the long-delayed murder trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

In 2009, Ballentyne was arrested and charged along with his son, Janeil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.

They were also charged with shooting with intent.

The case, first mentioned in court in 2009, has had 17 missed trial dates and 23 mention dates in the eight years.

Before the trial commenced, the 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.

Gayle was the same judge who two weeks ago convicted three men in their absence after they absconded bail midway through the trial.


  1. Actually kinda good news because we will be spared his coked up fueled rants on social media now.Big up Judge Gayle,a grateful nation thanks you boss! :2thumbup :cendol .
    Lord knows what would happen if we had to see Ninja’s donkey teeth one more time!

  2. The justice system in Jamaica is retarded. After two years, that case should have been tossed out. I like Ninja Man, so I hope he has clean hands. His rants about being a real bad man is not a good look right now.

  3. Go chu ninja mi ago miss yuh live talk dem. A jamaica dat doh yuh can have phone an tablet in deh an weed tuh suh yuh good.. yuh can go live same way.

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