Handcuff shortage causes delay in Ninja Man’s sentencing


KINGSTON, Jamaica — The sentencing for popular entertainer Ninja Man was a short while ago delayed as a result of a handcuff shortage facing police officers who were to escort the artiste along with other accused/prisoners, OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt.

When his case was called before the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, an attorney disclosed the situation in the courtroom.

Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, was later brought to the courtroom but one of his attorneys was absent from court, which led to Justice Martin Gayle postponing the matter until Monday.

This is in addition to one of the character witnesses, who Ballentine’s attorney Valerie Neita- Robertson had intended to call up, having to leave the court for another appointment.

Ninja Man was on November 20 found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo “Ricky Trooper” Johnson.

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