A major protest action to have ousted former magistrate Tiyani Behanzin restored to his post is currently being staged outside the magistrate’s court in Marigot.
That protest has been organised by Vaughn Dodds, a Wesley man who has been in trouble with the law and who also survived a shooting incident last December.
Dodds told Dominica News Online that today’s protest was to bring to the attention of the authorities that Behanzin is the best man for the community.
“We want them to know that we want him back. We need him back. He has touched so many lives. He has touched my life,” he said.
Dodds who is now claiming to be a changed man said “if it has not been for Behanzin, I would either be locked up or dead”.
“He never condemned me. He came into my home when I was still recovering from gunshot wounds. He spoke to me like a man. He told me that the life I was living wasn’t good. He opened up my mind,” he said.
Dodds claimed Behanzin also prevented him from “killing plenty people”.
“After that happened to me, I said well I would kill some people, but after Behanzin spoke to me I realize that this is making no sense”, he said.
Dodds said the villagers will continue their protest action until authorities “gets the point”.