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Ninja Man granted bail

Posted: March 23, 2012

Dancehall artiste, Desmond Ballentine, better known as “Ninja Man”, has been granted bail after spending three years behind bars.

Ninja man's son, Jahneil Ballentine, was also granted bail.

The two appeared in court this afternoon, where Justice Christine Mcdonald granted each of them bail in the sum of $2 million.

Dancehall artiste ninja man and his son Jahneil, are charged along with two other men, with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo 'Ricky Trooper' Johnson.

The other two co-accused are Seymour Samuels and Dennis Clayton.

Those two were already out on bail while ninja man and his son remained in jail.

All four men are also facing charges of conspiracy to murder, as well as, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

As a condition of his bail, ninja man is to report to the Oracabessa police station in St. Mary from Mondays to Saturdays, while Jahneil is to report to the Half Way Tree police station every day except Sunday.

A curfew order was also issued, instructing both men are to be at home from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each day.

The bail applications were made by ninja man's attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson as well as Linton Walters who represents Jahneil.

The prosecution objected to the granting of bail, saying they feared the accused would interfere with the witnesses.

However, Justice McDonald said, the prosecution did not satisfy her that they will be a threat to the witnesses.

Meantime, ninja man's lawyers today complained in court about the relatively long time their clients have been in custody without a trial date being set.

The trial date has been set for July 16.

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