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The Conviction of Another Dancehall Star Fails to Shock Crime-Weary Jamaicans | Global Voices

When, on November 21, 2017, dancehall deejay Desmond “Ninja Man” Ballentyne was found guilty of murder and shooting with intent, Jamaicans’ response was somewhat similar to that of the man himself: “Ah suh it guh, man.” (Translated from Patois: “That’s the way things go, man.”)

The self-styled “Don Gorgon” — a name generally given to “community leaders” with the greatest firepower and influence, both literally and figuratively — seemed nonplussed. (The term applies to any community in which a person has standing, but is often used in the dancehall context.) Leaving court with his son and accomplice Denis Clayton, who were also found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson (“Ricky Trooper”) in Kingston’s Olympic Gardens, he reportedly added:

“Don’t worry yourself, Jamaica, I’ll be back,” says Ninja Man as he boards police vehicle to be taken from court to prison – @rmakyn photo

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