UPDATED: Ninja Man's murder case sent to special court
The murder case of dancehall entertainer Ninja Man and two others has been transferred to the recently established special court set up to deal with matters on the court list for more than five years.
The case has been plagued by delays.
It was again set to begin in the Home Circuit Court today, but could not proceed because witnesses in the case did not turn up.
Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Janiel and another man, Dennis Clayton, have been before the court since March 2009.
In court this morning, Justice Gloria Smith indicated that the case would be transferred to the special court.
The case was set for mention in that court on February 24.
The men’s bails were further extended.
They are being accused of the March 16, 2009 murder of Richard Johnson.
It’s alleged that Johnson was sweeping his yard in the company of a friend when a motorcar with three men aboard drove up.
An argument developed between Johnson's friend and the men.
The men later drove off, but reportedly returned later and shot and killed Johnson.
Ninja Man turned himself in to the police after they listed him as a person of interest, while his son and the other accused were held during a police operation in St Ann.
A fourth accused in the case, Seymour Samuels, has died.
*CORRECTION: This story had previously said Ninja Man will return to court on January 24. That was incorrect. He will in fact return to court on February 24.