Dear Mrs Wright
IN THE MATTER OF FREDERICK ANDREWS -1978 No 516
Following my recent appointment as Director of the Northern Ireland Court Service in succession to Mr John M Steele I have become aware of the case of your brother, Mr Frederick Andrews junior, about which you have been expressing frequent criticisms over a number of years. Your letter dated 27 April 1987 addressed to the Minister for Law and Order at Stormont Castle, Belfast has been passed to me for reply as the case is one which is known to involve the work of the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court for which the Lord Chancellor has Ministerial responsibility.
I have recently sent a further reply, on behalf of the Lord Chancellor, to Mr John R Beggs MP in response to correspondence which he addressed to the Prime Minister on the same subject.
Before writing in response to your latest letter of 27 April I have studied the details of the investigations undertaken in this case by former Official Solicitors, Mr Drennan and, in particular, Mr Hall whose comprehensive reports were considered at a series of hearings before the judge at all of which you were professionally represented. I have discussed the case with the present Official Solicitor, Mrs Deirdre S Bowers.
[You obviously did not study the details of the RUC Fraud Squad investigations Mr. Simpson or you would have mentioned them in the above list. The Fraud Squad findings are the result of a 3-year investigation and have been left out of the Freddie Andrews case time after time. In fact nobody in this case, including you Mr. Simpson, wants to make use of the Fraud Squad findings at all. You know, as I know, that it would be very dangerous to allow the Fraud Squad findings to be given the light of day. Dangerous to all the Official Solicitors and others and now dangerous to you Mr. Simpson because you did not have the guts to stand against this fraud and you chose to become part of it.]
I find that notwithstanding the many opportunities given by the court to you and to your several solicitors and counsel to produce documents or other evidence of matters which, you suggest, require further consideration you have never made any formal submission to the court based upon verifiable evidence. I am all the more concerned, therefore, to find that within the past 3 months you have seen fit to communicate a series of unsubstantiated complaints about the Patient's affairs to a number of outside agencies without any reference to the Official Solicitor or to the court in the first instance. Apart from inaccurate reports which have been inspired in the local Press, my attention has been drawn to the correspondence addressed by Mr Beggs MP to the Prime Minister, a complaint to the Mental Health Commission for Northern Ireland and an approach about the case which was made to the BBC television programme "Watchdog". You will appreciate, of course, that all such complaints must inevitably be referred to this office and ultimately to the Official Solicitor and the court if appropriate. [Well now Mr. Simpson, that sure is a mouthful of spiel. With such a list of, quote, "inaccurate reports etc", why hasn't it been taken up with the Court? Why don't you instruct the Official Solicitor, to whom all this shocking behaviour has been reported, to take me, et al, to the Court, the highest Court you can think of and charge us? You know that you wouldn't dare, Mr. Simpson and neither would any Official Solicitor. The reason I have had to go to the media is because it is the last resort for anyone who in punished unjustly by people like you who spit on the laws of this land and makes up your own laws as you go along to suit your own agenda and the agenda of those you are covering up for.]
I wish to place on record that at the final review hearing before Mr Justice MacDermott, at which you were present with your solicitor (then Mr Michael J Fearon), on Friday 9 May 1986 the judge directed that the Official Solicitor should not pursue any further enquiries into the matters covered by Mr Hall's reports dated 30 January 1984 and 2 December 1985 unless some new or additional evidence became available.[Official Solicitor Hall actively prevented the Fraud Squad's new and additional evidence being presented to the Supreme Court Judge and you, Mr. Simpson, knew that.] To date, I am informed, no such evidence has been furnished to Mrs Bowers. [Oh no, Mr. Simpson, every Official Solicitor knows what is going on and what has gone on regarding the affairs within my family since the death of my father in 1972. This is why I had to involve the RUC Fraud Squad in the first place, simply because Mr. Drennan was not doing what the Supreme Court Judge commanded him to do. Now there is another item you did not have on your list above - my complaint to the Fraud Squad! Like other Official Solicitors, Mrs. Bowers has behaved abominably towards Freddie and our family. Don't forget that Mr. Hall called the findings of the Fraud Squad 'notes and jottings'. What is your opinion on that? Oh, no, you wouldn't have an opinion on that, would you, Mr. Simpson?] The judge also indicated that any party to the proceedings would have liberty to apply to the court if so advised.[Not if the Official Solicitor had his/her way.]
It is my intention to communicate the substance of the preceding paragraph to anyone from whom I receive further enquiries based upon your speculative or inaccurate assertions.[Please include the text in red.]
E A SIMPSON