Candidate-notary commits suicide

POSTED: 05/19/14 10:12 PM

St. Maarten – Lars de Vries, a candidate-notary in St. Maarten, took his own life on Friday at his apartment in the Tamarind Hotel in Pointe Blanche.

No details have been released about the circumstances of his death. The police, the prosecutor’s office and Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson did not return requests for information last night.

De Vries was a candidate-notary at SPS Notaries where he seemed destined to succeed Henri Parisius after his retirement. But while the Common Court of Justice approved his candidacy for this vacancy already a year ago, reports reaching this newspaper claim that Justice Minister Dennis Richardson did not honor the nomination and he did not sign the required national decree for the appointment.

Minister Richardson did not immediately return an email-request for a comment on the situation yesterday.

According to our sources, De Vries applied earlier in vain for the vacancy left behind by the now retired notary Gijsbertha. He resigned from the office of SPS after it dawned on him that he would never be appointed notary in St. Maarten.

De Vries, considered by many in the legal community as brilliant and extremely capable, was married and had a young daughter. His wife and daughter live in Miami.

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  1. Colin Gravenor says:

    A tragic event. Lars was a brilliant jurist. He was a man of integrity.