IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
OFFICE OF CARE AND PROTECTION
IN THE MATTER OF FREDERICK ANDREWS
Let all parties concerned attend at Chambers of the Honourable Mr Justice MacDermott at the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast on Friday 6th day of March 1987 at 2.00 o'clock in the afternoon upon the hearing of an application on the part of the Official Solicitor for an Order authorising the Official Solicitor, as Controller for the Patient, to sell the Patient's properties at 62-65 Smithfield, and at 66-69 Smithfield and 1-11 Francis Street, Belfast to John Laing Developments Limited for the sum of £150,000 upon such terms as the Court may approve.
Dated the 26 day of February 1987
This summons was taken out by the Official Solicitor of Bedford House, 16-22 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7DS
Messrs McCloskey & Co
Solicitors for Messrs Tughan & Co
39 Castle Lane, Donegall Place, Belfast BT1 5DH
Messrs James Boston & Sullivan
Solicitors for Mr William J Andrews
40 Victoria Square, Belfast BT1 4QJ
Messrs McAteer & Co
Solicitors for Mrs Minetta Andrews
1A Bloomfield Road, Belfast BT5 5LR
Messrs Alex Stewart & Co
Solicitors for Mrs Betty Hamilton
36 Frances Street, Newtownards, Co Down BT23 3DS
Mrs Vera Douglas
2 Dehra Grove, Flat 6, Sydenham Avenue, Belfast BT4 2DW
Mrs Eileen Wright
4 Norwood Gardens, Belfast BT4 2DX
Peter J Rankin, Esq, Deputy Official Solicitor
c/o Messrs Cleaver, Fulton & Rankin
50 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7FW.
[Just WHAT was going on here! The Official Solicitor asked the High Court on March 6th 1987 for permission to sell Freddie's Smithfield properties at 62-65 Smithfield, 66-69 Smithfield and 1-11 Francis Street, Belfast for £150,000.
At this point in time, the first property mentioned above, namely 62-65 Smithfield (60-65 Smithfield) had already been sold to the Ryland Vehicle Group eight years previously. In fact, on September 28th 1988 in the County Court in Belfast, solicitor Herbert Wright was to be charged and convicted that, "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."
Why did the Official Solicitor seek permission from a High Court Judge, the Honourable Mr Justice MacDermott, to sell property which was to be the subject of a County Court case 18 months later? When was the Ryland purchase found to be fraudulent? Who found it to be fraudulent? Why was that fraudulent Ryland purchase never mentioned by any Official Solicitor? If answers to these questions are not known, why did the above request to Judge MacDermott go ahead? Why was the above request on behalf of the Family Division of the Office of Care and Protection not signed by an Official Solicitor?
The Ryland Vehicle Group paid £375,000 for 60/65 Smithfield in late 1979 and here is the Official Solicitor who is supposed to be looking after Freddie's interests asking a mere £150,000 for not only 60/65 Smithfield but 66-69 Smithfield and 1-11 Francis Street as well AND SEVEN YEARS after £375,000 was paid for one part of these properties. What were the Court officials playing at?]