Dear Mr Millar,
I enclose list of questions to which we have been unable to get answers. Would Judge MacDermott please help?
I sent this list to Dr A Lyons and he very kindly asked for a meeting to be set up with the ex-Official Solicitor for answers in writing.
Hr Hall has put this meeting off twice with two different excuses. Why does he persist in using delaying tactics?
The family have had to suffer unwarranted attacks and threats since Mr Hall was appointed, in order to destroy our characters and break our will to fight for Justice for our mentally handicapped brother. We treat these threats with the contempt they deserve.
Mr Hall chose to describe his first Report as "Comprehensive". We would treat it as null and void and delegate it to the waste paper basket as it was compiled on the word of Mr H Wright late of Messrs Tughan & Co who is now out on bail on criminal charges and from those who willingly and with ill intent helped him divest Freddie of his entire estate for the benefit of others. Did the Judge read Mr Hall's Report?
This Report was used as a window for the character assassination of my now-deceased mother, then 90 years, whom he had never met. She was never given the opportunity to defend herself nor were the family allowed to correct the many errors it contains.
Mr Hall made no attack in his Report or the Courts on the late "Christian" entrepreneur and property tycoon Mr C Gilpin and main shareholder of Messrs Neville Johnston. Mr Hall even took time in Court to praise Mr H Wright, Gilpin's solicitor, and said how well he was doing selling work processing machines. Why the double standards?
The Mr C Gilpin manipulated my elderly mother into believing he was a "Christian" and would help her. She was almost 80 years of age and in a very vulnerable state after the sudden death of my father. He was able to take her affairs and Freddie's from our family solicitor and into the hands of his own solicitor Mr H Wright who allowed him access to all deeds of Freddie's property and infiltrate my mother's affairs in order to plunder both their estates. There were rich pickings read to be picked not only for Mr C Gilpin and his Company but others ready to take advantage of Freddie's incapacity to get a quick bargain. Freddie was left with not enough money to keep himself in this house. He would have ended up in a hostel and my mother in a home if we hadn't fought for nine years to get about one quarter of the value of his estate.
Mr Hall has used threats in order to make my widowed sister Mrs Hamilton drop her case against Messrs Tughan & Co and Mr H Doherty of Cleaver Fulton & Rankin. Why does Mr Hall feel it his duty to protect his colleagues?
My sister was fortunate in finding a solicitor and barrister who will not bow down to the pressure put upon them by Mr Hall phoning their offices and writing letters to discredit her. What right has he to interfere in her affairs and try to pervert the course of justice?
I have found it difficult to get a solicitor. Mr Hall accosts them first and whatever he says they either attack me or my sister. I was verbally attacked by one solicitor after his meeting with Mr Hall and was told by a Q.C. that "...the Judge would not like me very much". This remark was called a "consultation". What reason does Mr Hall have to discredit me?
Mr Hall appears to be obsessed with destroying the credibility of the whole family name. Yet our name was respected in the busiess world for over 100 years. Mr Hall persisted in sending my mother mail when she was on her death bed. He puts lies down on paper and attacks our characters at every opportunity. This is his only defence. Why must we be silenced? We find Mr Hall's attitude distasteful and not in keeping with anyone in a position of trust.
Would you please, Mr Millar, show this letter to Judge MacDermott, perhaps he will then understand why we want Freddie's affairs removed from the control of the Courts, in order to give Freddie the protection he deserves. We could then appoint a barrister and Q.C. from London who would be conversant witht the rights of mental patients and their families. We have lost complete faith in the legal profession in Northern Ireland.
Mr Hall appears to have the powers to hold all solicitors and R.U.C. personnel to ransom and interfere with the solicitors we attempt to engage. He even dismisses out of hand the three and a half year in-depth investigation of experienced Fraud Officers as just "notes and jottings". It appears they are now silenced. There is no way Freddie will ever get Justice in Northern Ireland while these conditions are allowed to persist.
There should never be any need for secrecy with regard to the affairs of mental patients. The family must be allowed to speak freely and be heard - uninhibited by threats. The Judge said "everythig must be open and above board and available to all" but this has not been the case.
Thank you for your kind attention. We have no intention of giving up or bowing to threats no matter how long it takes, in order to get Justice for one mental patient. We will do everything in our power to expose this scandal.
(Mrs) Eileen Wright
A copy of this letter will be sent to my M.P. for his attention and help and Dr A Lyons who has at all times been attentive and kind. I have kept him fully informed.