(Veteran dancehall artiste Desmond ‘Ninja Man’ Ballentyne, who earlier this year was called on by the Ministry of National Security to be a motivational speaker for members of the police force, was yesterday convicted of murder by the Supreme Court.
Ballentyne was charged with murder and shooting with intent following a gun attack in March 2009, which left Ricardo Johnson, a resident of Marl Road in St Andrew, dead.
Ballentyne’s son, Janeil, and Dennis Clayton, who were also charged in relation to the incident, were also convicted of murder.
“It was a hard case, it was a difficult case. Circumstantial evidence cases are difficult cases. The Crown had to prove that there was a common design to cause serious bodily harm to Mr Johnson, and that in pursuant of this common design, all three were culpable,” explained Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, following the ruling.
According to the DPP, the incident with Johnson stemmed from a domestic altercation the day before his demise.
There was a fight, and Desmond Ballentyne and the co-accused returned the following day with guns and other weapons. They chased Johnson and another witness through a fence, and, as Johnson tried to fend off the attackers, shots were fired and he was hit in the side. He later died.
Desmond Ballentyne was charged with shooting with intent after he reportedly fired two shots at one of the witnesses during the incident.
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