This is the charge against solicitor Herbert Wright which was heard in the County Court in Belfast on September 28th 1988, around NINE YEARS after the crime was committed and to which Wright pleaded guilty.
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Obtaining property by deception, contrary to section 15 of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
Herbert Wright, between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980, in the County Court Division of Belfast, dishonestly obtained from Ryland Vehicle Group Limited £375,000 with the intention of permanently depriving the said Ryland Vehicle Group Limited thereof by deception, namely by falsely representing Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited had a good and marketable title to premises known as 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast.
I will try to explain how justice for Freddie has been denied by the highest Court in Northern Ireland. In subsequent chapters I will use Brian Hall's "Comprehensive Report" to the High Court to expose the most vicious institutionalised vendetta by Crown representatives against a mentally-handicapped man in order to steal his lucrative estate from him. Brian Hall's criminal conduct, and the criminal conduct of others within the jurisdiction of the High Court, is beyond words and must be brought before a proper court of law.
Property tycoon Charles Gilpin made no secret of the fact that he 'was worth' twenty six and a half million pounds and he made sure that he impressed this fact on those he needed to control. He successfully controlled solicitors, estate agents, senior officers in the RUC and High Court people just as he had controlled my mother and handicapped brother Freddie. He boasted that no court in Northern Ireland could touch him and in the case of his involvement in the plunder of my mentally-handicapped brother's estate he proved his boast to be true.
From the time my family put our mentally-handicapped brother Freddie in the 'care' of the Court, absolutely nothing was done on Freddie's behalf to have his plundered estate reinstated to him. The Official Solicitors took plenty of Freddie's money to pay for the time they spent on his affairs, which in practice consisted of telling lies to his concerned family and others, and covering up the evil being perpetrated in the Office of the Official Solicitor in order to continue the plunder started by Gilpin. When Mr. Drennan became ill in the summer of 1981, Peter J. Rankin of the solicitor's firm, Cleaver Fulton & Rankin, which had also employed Mr. Drennan, took over as Acting Official Solicitor and Committee for Freddie. Although Rankin spent another two years on Freddie's case he still did not complete the 'investigations' into the affairs surrounding Freddie's estate, or if he did complete his 'investigations' he did not do his duty and reinstate "Tara House" to Freddie and my mother or 3-5 Little King Street to Freddie. Mr. Gilpin would have seen to that.
The above charge against, and conviction of, Tughan & Co solicitor Herbert Wright is probably the most significant of a small number of convictions of people who were caught breaking the law and who had also been involved in the plunder of my brother Freddie's estate. All these convictions, however, were for offences which DID NOT RELATE DIRECTLY to the conduct of these same people in the plunder of my brother Freddie's estate. Nobody, I repeat, nobody, has ever been taken to Court on any charge relating to the plunder of my brother's estate. This case is significant because Charles Gilpin was the main shareholder of Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited and Gilpin's son was now married to Neville Johnston's widow. Herbert Wright was made the 'scapegoat' in this sordid affair to keep the name of Charles Gilpin, now deceased, out of the bad publicity and to cover up the role played by solicitors Tughan & Co.
Charles Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright and others were actually guilty of selling on property, namely 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast, for which they had no good and marketable title and for falsely representing to the Ryland Vehicle Group Limited that they had. They were, in fact and in practice, according to this conviction and other evidence available such as here and here, guilty of handling stolen property. Incredibly, while Wright was convicted in that he "dishonestly obtained from Ryland Vehicle Group Limited £375,000 with the intention of permanently depriving the said Ryland Vehicle Group Limited thereof by deception", neither Wright nor Tughan & Co nor anyone else was ever even charged with dishonestly obtaining 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast by deception with the intention not only of permanently depriving my handicapped brother Freddie of his property but also selling it on at a massive profit in violation of not only the law but also in violation of the wishes of my father.
It follows that, by inference, this group of people, as a direct result of this Court conviction, were guilty of stealing property, namely 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast property which belonged to my brother, Freddie Andrews.
At the time of this Court conviction, September 28th 1988, my handicapped brother and his estate had been under the protection of the Court for almost nine years. The question has been asked, "Why did Official Solicitor John Drennan, who had been put in charge of my handicapped brother's affairs by a High Court judge in January 1979, fail to challenge the conduct of Charles Gilpin, Tughan & Co and solicitor Herbert Wright within a few months of being put in charge of Freddie's affairs".
The reader will see here that Official Solicitor Drennan was directed by the Order of the Lord Chief Justice dated 11th January 1979, to be "Committee of both the person and the estate of Frederick Andrews".
It is an incredible fact that, within a year of Drennan receiving that direction of the Lord Chief Justice, Drennan actually allowed Charles Gilpin, Tughan & Co and solicitor Herbert Wright to have possession of the deed of Freddie's property at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980" according to this County Court charge in order to "dishonestly obtain from Ryland Vehicle Group Limited £375,000 with the intention of permanently depriving the said Ryland Vehicle Group Limited thereof by deception, namely by falsely representing Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited had a good and marketable title to premises known as 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast", when he, Drennan, should have been securing Freddie's property for his (Freddie's) use only. Within one year of being put in charge of my mentally-handicapped brother's person and estate, this High Court appointed Official Solicitor had joined the ranks of a gang of thieves who had no mercy on my already afflicted and vulnerable brother.
Of course, Gilpin was so determined to get his hands on all of Freddie's property, that he had, in fact, stolen the family safe with all the Andrews family papers, deeds etc that he could get his hands on. Official Solicitor Drennan must have decided not to use the power of the High Court to force Gilpin to hand over the deeds of Freddie's property at Smithfield Square, or any of Freddie's other property, for one reason or another.
For instance, if Drennan had used his lawful power, as he was required to do, to force Gilpin to give up Freddie's deed relating to 60-65 Smithfield Square, Belfast, he, Drennan, would then have had to use his lawful power to force his fellow solicitor and senior Law Society solicitor Jemphrey, to give up "Tara House" as Gilpin's 'fame' spread. He would then have had to use his lawful power to force Tughan & Co and fellow solicitor Morris to 'come clean' about the illegal sale of Freddie's property at Little King Street. Somehow Gilpin prevented this happening and continued on his merry way despite the law in the person of Official Solicitor John G. Drennan.
Herbert Wright pleaded guilty as charged that he had "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980, in the County Court Division of Belfast, dishonestly obtained from Ryland Vehicle Group Limited £375,000 with the intention of permanently depriving the said Ryland Vehicle Group Limited thereof by deception, namely by falsely representing Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited had a good and marketable title to premises known as 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast". Wright did all this along with Charles Gilpin and Tughan & Co but only with the active assistance of Official Solicitor Drennan. This is where the official cover-up began and has continued to this day, involving every Official Solicitor since that time.
The chain of illegal sales of Freddie's property was exposed by Herbert Wright's conviction on September 28th 1988 and the repercussions of that conviction go far beyond the illegal sale of 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980". Had Official Solicitor John Drennan done the job he had been empowered to do and which the High Court Judge demanded that he should have done, not only would Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright have been unable to get their hands on the deed of 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast, but Drennan, who then had good reason to question the involvement of Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright in both the sales of 3-5 Little King Street and "Tara House", which was our family's reason for putting Freddie and his estate into the Care and Protection of the Court in the first place, should have used the enormous power of the High Court to expose this gang's criminal conduct and save our family from years of literal torture.
With "Tara House" out of the way, this gang had removed the need for Freddie to continue ownership of his city-centre properties - or so they thought.
Drennan failed to respond to the concerns of our family by refusing to do the job the High Court judge had ordered him to do. He refused to identify, as the RUC Fraud Squad, at our request, later identified, the criminal activity of Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright along with solicitors John Morris and Gerald P Jemphrey in the illegal sales of 3-5 Little King Street and "Tara House". By this refusal, Drennan immediately implicated the Office of Care and Protection and the Office of Official Solicitor in collusion of the most vile nature for which the Supreme High Court of Northern Ireland must take absolute responsibility.
The buck then must finally stop with the British Government's Lord Chancellor.
My mentally-handicapped brother Freddie Andrews was robbed, literally, of his Little King Street property and his own home "Tara House" and the High Court's Official Solicitor not only turned a blind eye to that robbery but joined the gang of robbers in the County-Court-confirmed robbery of Freddie's property at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast. The Office of the Official Solicitor also used the power vested in it to give legality to these robberies and compounded this by deliberately covering up this corruption for years up until this present time, Christmas 2006.
Any decent Official Solicitor, as a result of this County Court conviction and our family's continuing written concerns about the plunder of Freddie's estate, would have immediately traced the actions of Herbert Wright backwards from the date of the County Court case. The fact that the County Court in Belfast had confirmed that Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited, Charles Gilpin's firm, did not in fact have a good and marketable title to 60/65 Smithfield Square should have rung alarm bells all around the High Court buildings in Belfast and farther afield.
Is it any wonder that the Official Solicitor Redpath, in his letter to me dated 23.10.92 stated, quote, "I should advise you however that I will not be releasing to you copies of all accounts, documentation, correspondence, memos, etc as referred to in your letter of 17 September 1992". These senior Government civil servants are actually scared little crooks when their dirty big scams are challenged.
This Court conviction of Herbert Wright and the confirmed collusion of Gilpin and Tughan & Co in assisting Wright also highlights the collusion of the RUC 'top brass' over these years too.
On March 10th 1992, Superintendent C. Albiston, on behalf of the Chief Constable of the RUC, sent this letter to my Member of Parliament Peter Robinson stating the official action of the Northern Ireland police force based on all the information at their disposal. He stated that the matter was complex but that ALL the information gathered over a period of years by a number of Fraud Squad Officers had been given to the Director of Public Prosecutions. This would have included the evidence used in the case against Herbert Wright in the Belfast County Court on September 28th 1988 for the protection of the Ryland Vehicle Group who had bought property stolen by Charles Gilpin and Tughan & Co and only assisted by Herbert Wright.
Why then, did the Director of Public Prosecutions not take action earlier against, at least, Herbert Wright - ON BEHALF OF FREDDIE ANDREWS - as a result of the 'sale' of 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast? The simple answer is that not even the RUC or the DPP were prepared to take action against multi-millionaire Charles Gilpin who was the driving force behind the plunder of Freddie's estate. Superintendent C. Albiston finally stated that because of the action taken in the Belfast County Court against Herbert Wright, quote, "The Police investigation has now ended, however, Mrs Wright is aware that should any new evidence come to light it will be considered accordingly". The police investigation into what - has now ended? If he had meant that the police investigation into the case evidence of the theft of the money belonging to the Ryland Vehicle Group, that was fine. That case was dealt with and dealt with easily since Wright pleaded guilty thereby preventing his being cross-examined which suited the Office of the Official Solicitor and others. Unfortunately this was not what Superintendent C. Albiston meant. Speaking on behalf of the RUC Chief Constable, Superintendent C. Albiston put in writing the fact that the RUC Chief Constable was ending the whole police investigation into the plunder of the estate of Freddie Andrews because the same man, Herbert Wright, who was actively involved in the plunder of Freddie Andrews' estate had been convicted in a "domino effect" case of "dishonestly obtaining from Ryland Vehicle Group Limited £375,000 with the intention of permanently depriving the said Ryland Vehicle Group Limited thereof by deception".
Superintendent C. Albiston writing on behalf of the RUC Chief Constable actually condemned the RUC Chief Constable as being actively involved in the dirty mess of criminal activity surrounding the plunder of Freddie Andrews' estate.
Superintendent C. Albiston and his boss knew that in order for Herbert Wright to be convicted of this crime another crime of "Obtaining property by deception, contrary to section 15 of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969" must have been committed at an earlier date. That crime was the seizing of the property at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast illegally from Freddie Andrews by Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited since the County Court conviction proved that Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited did not have a good and marketable title to the property. This was all conveniently and completely ignored in the High Court proceedings - on behalf of Freddie Andrews - by Official Solicitor F. Brian Hall when he was put in charge of Freddie's affairs.
It was not ignored by F. Brian Hall for his own purposes and for the purposes of those in his gang. Sometime between that illegal sale of 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980" and the County Court case on September 28th 1988", F. Brian Hall actually acted on the fact that the 'sale' of Freddie's property at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast was not a proper sale at all. F. Brian Hall acutally dared to ask the High Court for permission to sell Freddie's property - AGAIN - at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast - yes, Hall knew it was still Freddie's property even though Rylands had already paid £375,000 for it! In this one letter alone, F. Brian Hall not only perverts the course of justice, but equally stupidly, attempts to cover up the crime that had been committed against Rylands as identified almost three years later here.
Just over half-way down this article in the Sunday World dated 6/3/1988 you can read, quote, "The Developers, Laing's, bought Freddie's former property from the giant Ryland Group." When did this happen? Why did Laing not have the Ryland Group prosecuted since 'Freddie's former property' was STILL Freddie's property - and I told Laings this often enough - and if Ryland's had purchased stolen property as this case proves, then the Ryland Vehicle group committed the same crime as Herbert Wright was convicted of. How much did Laing pay the Ryland Group for Freddie's stolen property? If the Ryland Group paid £375,000 for Freddie's stolen property at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast - and only 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast - "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980", the Ryland Group would have asked an awful lot more for that same property in around ten years later.
So, when did F. Brian Hall find out that the Smithfield property still belonged to Freddie? Why did F. Brian Hall keep quiet officially about the illegal purchase of Freddie's Smithfield property by Ryland? Hall certainly knew about the involvement of Ryland in Freddie's Smithfield property.
Eleven days after Official Solicitor Hall wrote the above letter to my sister Vera on April 7th 1986, he was appointed Master of the Office of Care and Protection on April 18th 1986. The strange thing was that while Hall acted as Official Solicitor he did not have a Master to 'supervise' him, he still held on to the 'reins' of the Freddie Andrews case in his new position - even after the appointment of Deirdre S. Bowers as the new Official Solicitor on July 7th 1986.
Now, keep in mind the fact that the Ryland Vehicle Group still retained the deed of Freddie's property at 60-65 Smithfield Square, Belfast but could not get the £375,000 they paid Gilpin and Tughan & Co who had stolen that property from Freddie. That money, according to the RUC Fraud Squad, was out of the way in the island of Jersey and the Office of the Official Solicitor didn't dare object without involving their own office in the stolen property cover-up.
How did Hall get around this little problem? Well, first of all there was a gap of approximately eleven weeks before the new Official Solicitor Deirdre S. Bowers was appointed by the Supreme Court. The right person had to be found as you will understand. Maybe it was more than a little problem in some ways but on October 1st 1987 this little piece of legal pastry was cooked up to cover what F. Brian Hall felt had to be covered. Deirdre S. Bowers, had obviously to choose the right solicitors to prepare the Conveyance and Assignment for the job in question - again, as you will understand. The solicitors chosen by Official Solicitor Bowers to act for her on behalf of my mentally-handicapped brother Freddie Andrews were - wait for it - Carson & McDowell, Murray House, 4/5 Murray Street, Belfast. This letter was written by a member of Carson & McDowell's staff on October 2nd 1987, ONE DAY after the date on the above Conveyance and Assignment. Mrs. Bowers had just called me dangerous and inaccurate and advised that my correspondence should not be answered. This letter proves that Carson & McDowell were not only working for the Official Solicitor Bowers but, incredibly, Carson & McDowell were, at the same time, also working for the purchaser Laing. The Office of the Official Solicitor was in collusion with a corrupt firm of solicitors selling stolen property to a multi-million pound consortium. Now, this is where I get completely lost, and I mean, COMPLETELY LOST. How could the Office of the Official Solicitor sell stolen property to the Laing Group when that stolen property had already been sold to the Ryland Vehicle Group "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980"? Why would the Office of the Official Solicitor sell stolen property to the Laing group for £150,000 when Charles Gilpin and Tughan & Co were able to squeeze £375,000 out of the Ryland Vehicle Group NINE YEARS EARLIER for the same property?
Well, it was, and then again, it wasn't - if you know what I mean.
The only addresses that Carson & McDowell's Conveyance and Assignment refers to, as you can see, are
The joint managing director of JOHN LAING DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED, however, stated here on January 30th 1990, quote,
The Official Solicitor, Deirdre Bowers, then stated in a letter to me dated October 5th 1987, quote,
Just over one year later Tughan & Co solicitor, Herbert Wright, was convicted because, quote,
Is there any significance between the address 60/65 Smithfield in the last statement and the address 62/65 in the other statement?
Why did the purchaser's joint managing director, not even mention either of these two addresses? This would tie in with the item in the Sunday World which stated that Laing had bought the Ryland Vehicle Group's Smithfield property which, according to this court case was 60/65 Smithfield? Then again, what about the address 61 Smithfield referred to by Laing's joint managing director? Nobody else mentioned this address.