Veteran Dancehall artist Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne, is getting lots of support from members of the Dancehall community following his arrest last week.
The “Murder Dem” deejay was taken into custody Tuesday (Oct 17) after his bail was revoked by a judge.
High court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, issued a warrant for the entertainer’s arrest and also ordered the trial involving the Jamaican entertainer to begin immediately in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, Jamaica.
Meanwhile, Valerie Neita Robertson, the attorney for embattled entertainer, has expressed confidence that her client will be released from jail.
“The trial started, so usually the judge remands the accused in custody… however I don’t believe the judge is going to prejudice his (Ninjaman’s) position by keeping him in jail,” Neita Robertson told Loop Jamaica on Wednesday.
Since his arrest, Dancehall artists and fans-alike took to social media to show their support for Ninja Man.
“Let us all pray for Ninja Man at this time, he needs it, he needs all of our prayers,” D’Angel wrote.
“I’ve known Ninja Man for many years and he is one of the realest I’ve ever met, slash artists, coworker, everything in one. Ninja Man has been a good man, right now Ninja Man is a good man to the community, he is a good man to people overall and he has been doing a lot of charitable work in the community, helping people to go back to school, I mean it’s a lot of things Ninja Man has been doing. So I am just asking everybody to pray for Ninja Man right now so that the case can work out in his favor.”
“Sticky Wine” singer Pamputtae also showed her support on Instagram.
“Ninja Man a man weh bring me go studio and make me nyam food and dem ting deh, so mi affi put in my prayer,” Pamputtae said.
“A mi godfather dat, him real to me so me just a hope and pray fi everything go good.”
A trial date is not yet for his murder case.
In 2009, Ninja Man and his son, Janeil, along with another man, Dennis Clayton, were charged with the murder of Ricardo Johnson, who was gunned down in the Waltham Park area earlier that year.
Indications are that a number of witnesses for both the prosecution and the defence have become unavailable over time, as a result of death, migration and disappearance.