Should Ninja Man’s Murder Case Be Dropped Because of Six Year Wait for a Trial

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Recently the Jamaican justice system has been under attack because of possible juror error in the Vybz Kartel trial. On Monday it will be under more scrutiny when another dancehall act will appear in court after waiting 6 years to go to trial.  The murder trial of entertainer Desmond ‘Ninja Man’ Ballentyne and his son Janiel is scheduled to be heard in the Home Circuit court on Monday, April 13th, 2015.

Ninja Man and his son are to be tried along with Seymour Samuels and Dennis Clayton.

The four are facing the court for the March 16, 2009 gun murder of Richard Johnson in the Mall Road area of Kingston.

Over the years Ninja Man  has failed to have the case against him thrown out.

Queen’s Counsel KD Knight applied to have the matter adjourned sine die or stayed on the grounds that the entertainer’s constitutional rights have been breached because of the length of time it has taken to have the case tried.

The matter has been before the court since 2009. In most civilized nations defendants are entitled to a speedy trial. Do you believe that in any instance a trial should take this long.

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