Veteran dancehall star Ninjaman was granted bail to the sum of $2 million when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court last Friday (March 23).
Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, along with his son, Janiel Ballentine, were each granted bail under strict curfew. Both men are required to report to police stations six days per week, from Monday to Saturday.
Ninjaman has been in police custody for three years before securing bail. They were arrested in March of 2009 and charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection to the shooting death of 20-year-old Ricardo ‘Ricky Trooper’ Johnson.
According to police report, Johnson was sweeping his yard in the company of a friend at Mall Road, St Andrew, when a motor car with three men aboard drove up. An argument developed between Johnson’s friend and the younger Ballentine, who left but later returned with guns blazing. Johnson was killed in the incident.
Ninjaman and his son trial date is set for July 16.