Ninja Man Hospitalized, Dancehall Deejay Gravely Ill


Ninja Man is currently hospitalized after falling sick in jail.

The dancehall legend was rushed to the hospital early Friday morning after he started complaining about feeling chest pain. He was due in court today for his ongoing murder trial in the Home Circuit Court. The trial went on despite his absence as he gets treatment for an unknown illness. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that he is in good spirit despite his illness.

“The artist [Ninja Man] is in good spirit and was even joking with the police officers who escorted him to the hospital,” sources told us. “He started complaining about feeling some chest pain from last night and early this morning he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. They are currently running some tests on him to find out what’s wrong.”

Other sources told us that his illness is serious enough for doctors to admit him under close observation. Ninja Man is currently fighting for his life in the courts after a judge ordered him to stand trial for a near decade-old murder charge. The dancehall icon, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper, who was shot and killed in Kingston 11 in March 2009.

The highly publicised trial has seen 17 trial delays and 23 mentions over the past 8 years until a judge finally had enough and ordered the trial to get underway. Ninja Man was also remanded in custody pending the outcome of the case. He faces life imprisonment if convicted of the murder.

Ninja Man Murder Trial Update: Cop Testified


Dancehall legend Ninja Man highly anticipated murder trial is now underway in the Home Circuit Court.

The trial is being held in camera and got off to a rocky start when a juror forced the case to adjourned earlier this week after he reportedly had difficulties attending court. A female police officer testified in court today giving evidence that implicates Ninja Man in the March 2009 gruesome murder of Ricardo Johnson also known as Trooper.

According to police, Johnson and Ninja Man son, Jamiel Ballentine, had an argument and he left the scene and later return with his father Ninja Man and Dennis Clayton. Johnson was reportedly sweeping a yard when he was shot and killed by the three accusers on Marl Road, Kingston 11. Ninja Man has denied having any involvement in the murder.

The female police officer who testified told the court that she collected statements from a number of witnesses to the murder. Ninja Man is currently behind bars pending the outcome of the trial. Ninja Man and his two co-accused were on bail, but a judge ordered them to be put behind bars last month and that the trial be given priority.