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Days after Vybz Kartel was handed down a life sentence by a Jamaican High Court Judge, legendary dancehall star Ninja Man is now in the hot seat.
Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, showed up in the home Circuit court today on a murder charge.
Ninja Man, his son Janiel Ballentine, and another man name Dennis Clayton, are all charged with the 2009 murder of Richard Johnson.
Ninja Man’s attorney KD Knight asked the judge to dismiss the charge on the grounds that the trial takes too long to get started and that is a breach of his clients Constitutional Rights.
The judge rejected Knight’s request and set a trial date for November 10, 2014.
Do you think Ninja Man will meet the same fate as Vybz Kartel?
Home Circuit court judge Justice Lennox Campbell moments ago announced a postponement of Vybz Kartel’s highly anticipated sentencing.
The judge set his new sentencing hearing for next week Thursday, April 3, 2014.
The postponement came after the judge and lawyers representing the defense and the prosecution came to an agreement that several guidelines pertaining to the sentencing hearing were not met.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, André St John, and Kahira Jones were escorted back to jail by heavily armed police officers.
A large crowd of Vybz Kartel fans is currently outside police barricade shouting “Free Worl’Boss.”
The four accused men are facing a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
A 10:1 jury convicted them in the Jamaican high court on March 13, 2014.
Police has yet to find Williams’ body.
After over two years and several delays, the trial for the murder of Clive Williams got underway on November 18, 2013 in the Home Circuit court in Kingston.
The prosecution, headed by attorney Jeremy Taylor, took 46 days and 24 witnesses to build its case against the “Dancehall Hero” deejay. The Crown argued that Vybz Kartel, his protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, friends Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams all participated in the beating death Clive “Lizard” Williams over two missing firearms belonging to the deejay.
The alleged murder took place on August 16, 2011 at a house on Swallowfield Road in Havendale believed to be owned by Vybz Kartel.
Clive Williams body has yet to be found.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was moments ago found guilty of murdering his former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the dancehall community as the entertainer is looking at spending the rest of his life behind bars.
The 11-member jury took just 2 hours in their deliberation before returning a 10:1 verdict. Presiding judge Lennox Campbell initially sent them back to deliberate further in hopes that they will reach a unanimous verdict.
But the jury returned inside the court minutes later with said 10:1 deadlock.
“We will not sit by and let this case of injustice score victory,” a rep for Vybz Kartel told Urbanislandz.com. “We will be appealing the verdict given the many questionable police corruption in the case.”
Vybz Kartel, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John were all found guilty, while co-accused Shane Williams was acquitted of the murder
Jamaican authorities stunned everyone when they swoop down on a hotel in Kingston on September 30, 2011 and arrested Vybz Kartel and several other men.
Weeks later the aced dancehall star was slapped with not one but two murder charges. He was acquitted for the murder of Barrington “Bossie” Burton in July last year.
To help make their case, the prosecution introduced several damning evidences including text messages, voice notes, Blackberry Messenger messages and video footage.
The Crown also had the help of an informant who says he accompanied Clive Williams tothe house in Havendale on the day of his disappearance. The star witness, Llamar Chow, says he escaped from the house after seeing his friend lifeless body on the floor.
He told the court that he saw one of the accused men with a building block in his hand.
The defense maintained that the entire case was fabricated by the police force with the help of the informant to secure a high profile conviction.
Senior police officer Patrick Linton admitted in court that one of the Blackberry smartphones that police officers extracted data from was being used while it was in the custody of his department at the cyber crime unit.
The defense asked the judge to exclude the phone and its data from the evidence but presiding judge Lennox Campbell rejected the motion and accepted the incriminating data into evidence.
Presiding judge Lennox Campbell took six days to give the 11-member jury his summation of the lengthy murder trial.
Justice Campbell told the jury to not find the dancehall artiste guilty based on the content of his lyrics. But focus solely on the evidence presented by the prosecution.
Vybz Kartel and his co-accused are facing life imprisonment for the murder.
Vybz Kartel got a break from being behind bars today but not in the way he would have hoped.
The dancehall star was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital, KPH, earlier today after complaining of having severe chest pain.
Vybz Kartel, who was in handcuff and accompanied by heavily armed police officers, was treated at the hospital and then taken back into custody at the Horizon Remand Center.
The “Dancehall Hero” was clad in a orange T-Shirt and a washed out blue denim pants.
Scores of the deejay’s fans gathered outside the hospital to show their support.
Sources close to the former Portmore Empire deejay told Urban Islandz that he is doing much better since his visit to the hospital.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, has been behind bars since September 2011. He is awaiting trial on two murder charges in relation to the death of dancer Clive “Lizard” Willians and St. Catherine businessman/promoter Barrington “Bossie” Burton.
He returns to court on July 10th.
Was Vybz Kartel the mastermind behind an underground criminal empire that trafficked weapons?
Jamaica’s Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor is painting a dark picture of Vybz Kartel to keep him behind bars.
During a hearing yesterday in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, Vybz Kartellawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, asked the judge to grant his client bail given the numerous delays and several outstanding disclosures involved in the case.
However, Taylor objected to Tavares-Finson’s request arguing that the charges laid against the dancehall star are very serious.
Vybz Kartel has been behind bars since September 2011 on two murder charges for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams and Barrington “Bossie” Burton.
Taylor told the court that Vybz Kartel was not only an entertainer, but was also involved in an underground trade of weapons.
According to the prosecutor, Clive Williams was murdered over a missing firearm involved in the trade.
Taylor added that human blood was found in a section of the partially burnthouse in Havendale that Williams was alleged beaten to death inside.
Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor also told the court that Vybz Kartel attempted to bribe the main witness in the case for $3 million.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, trial date is set for November 18.
He is being held without bail.
Vybz Kartel is in for a rough ride in the Jamaican justice system.
The former Portmore Empire boss returned to court this morning along with his co-accused in relation to the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
He was expected to begin trial in the oft-delayed case, however, Supreme Court judge, Marjorie Cole-Smith, set a new trial date for November 18.
A small group of Vybz Kartel supporters, who gathered outside the court house, were visibly angry as news of the development in the case emerged.
“Them fi free Worl’Boss and stop plot to keep him lock up in them nasty jail,”one Kartel supporter told Urban Islandz reps.
Jointly charged with Vybz Kartel for Williams’ murder includes his protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Shane Williams, Kahira Jones, Stylist Calvin “Moonie” Haye, and Andre St John.
Shawn Storm was absent from court today and the judged ordered him to report to court on June 7.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, has been behind bars since September of 2011. He will be in jail for two years at his next trial date in November.
According to police report, Vybz Kartel and his co-accused beat CliveWilliams to death at a home in Havendale in August 2011 over a missing firearm.
Detectives say they have video evidence implicating the dancehall star in the murder.
Williams’ body has yet to be found.