By Marc Parc
Veteran Dancehall superstar, Desmond 'Ninja Man' Ballentine will be made to wait a few months for his long-awaited murder trial to begin, but will be afforded an extra amount of freedom until it begins.
Ninja Man will be made to wait until May 2013 to answer a murder charge stemming from a March 2009 shooting incident of a 20-year-old man. The new date was set inside the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday as the case could not be heard due to the fact Ninja Man's lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson is currently working on a murder case involving three policemen.
Ninja Man, his son, Janiel Ballentine and two other men are currently on JA$2 million bail as they await trial.
In the meantime, Ninja Man had his curfew temporarily lifted by the Home Circuit Court for the holiday season, giving him the green light to perform at STING 2012 on December 26 (Boxing Day) in Portmore, St. Catherine. The self-professed Don Gorgon will be allowed to perform without time restrictions between December 8, 2012 and January 7, 2013.
As a condition of his bail, Ninja Man was ordered to be at home from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day but had the curfew lifted after his lawyer argued that such a restriction would hurt his earning potential during the holiday season.