Ninjaman’s Attorney Questions Credibility Of Main Prosecution Witness

The credibility of a prosecution witness continued to be the central focus of the defence team in the trial of dancehall entertainer, Desmond Ballentine, popularly known as ‘Ninjaman’, in the Home Circuit Court.

Ninja Man and his son, Janiel, and a third accused, Dennis Clayton, are being tried for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, popularly known as ‘Trooper’, in March 2009. Johnson was shot dead in the Marl Road area of Olympic Gardens, St Andrew.

On Tuesday, the defence, led by Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson, continued to challenge testimony from the witness that Ninjaman entered a yard with a gun and fired two shots at him.

The witness said in the process, Johnson, who was in the yard, was shot and killed by the artiste and the other accused men, who were in his company.

According to the witness, he managed to escape injury, and was later placed in the Witness Protection Programme. The prosecution has cited him as the intended target of the attack.

However, defence attorneys, led by Valerie Neita Robertson, have been challenging the credibility of his testimony since he took the witness box last Thursday.

The trial is scheduled to continue on Wednesday.



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