Ninjaman exiting the police truck in which he arrived at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Friday.


The absence of attorney Gladstone Wilson from court on Friday, delayed the sentencing ofveteran dancehall artiste, Ninjaman and his co-convicts in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

The sentencing has been re-scheduled for next Monday, December 18.

The court was told that Wilson, who represents Dennis Clayton, was at the Old Harbour court attending to another matter.

Clayton, along with Ninjaman – born Desmond Ballentine – and the artiste’s son, Janeil, was found guilty of the murder of Ricardo ‘Ricky Trooper’ Johnson during a prolonged domestic dispute in 2009.

Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson, who representsng Ninjaman, made a plea to Justice Martin Gayle to allow her two character witnesses to take the stand.

In response, Justice Gayle requested that the police get in touch with the Old Harbour court and inform Wilson to promptly come to the Home Circuit Court, which is of a higher jurisdiction.

Attorney Linden Wright, who is representing Janeil, then requested that the sentencing be put off to a later date, as he had other matters to attend to, which was also initially dismissed by Justice Gayle.

However, Justice Gayle eventually took the option of postponing the sentencing.