My elderly mother aged 78 and my mentally-handicapped brother Freddie were left in the family home alone after the death of my father in 1972.
Unknown to the rest of the family, undue influence was brought to bear upon my mother to ask the family solicitor - Boston & Sullivan - to hand over her affairs and Freddie's deeds etc to solicitor Herbert Wright, a junior partner of Messrs Tughan & Co., by the late Mr Charles Gilpin director of twenty different Companies in Ulster and Britain.
Mr. Herbert Wright of Messrs Tughan & Co (solicitors) was also Mr Charles Gilpin's solicitor. Over a period of time Freddie's home at 14 Castlehill Road and all is town property were gradually plundered.
My elder brother Billy and I went to Freddie's psychiatrist and explained the position and asked that Freddie would be taken into the care of the Court for protection and to get all his properties back. But after almost three years in the hands of Cleaver, Fulton & Rankin Solicitors, whom Freddie was paying, nothing was done about any of his properties or money. Mr Drennan was a partner in this firm and the Official Solictior at that time.
We were then forced to contact the Fraud Squad because of this firm's inaction. An experienced Fraud Squad detective Mervyn Patterson was given the duty of investigating all aspects of the fraudulent takeover and mismanagement of Freddie's affairs.
After Det. Con. M. Patterson exposed fraud, forgery, misappropriation and malpractice during the three and a half years he was in charge, he was suddenly told by senior Officers to leave our case aside without any explanation whatsoever. I asked what that meant and he said nothing further would be done. From that time on and up to date I have been persistently fobbed off..........
Mr. Drennan of Cleaver, Fulton & Rankin the then Official Solicitor died and Mr Rankin took over for a short time until Mr. Brian Hall was appointed.
The first Court hearing concerned the sale of Freddie's home at 14 Castlehill Road to an ex-president of the Law Society. When we questioned this illegal sale in Court we were told by Judge MacDermott if we dared to bring this sale up again we would have to pay our own costs and Freddie's money would be further dissipated. Freddie had no-one in the Court to protect him against these remarks.
Mr. Hall in the Courts, in Judge MacDermott's hearing, threatened to sequest my mother's money. He had never met her or Freddie. She was at that time bed-ridden and incontinent after suffering a stroke so she had no protection from this unseemly remark.
Mr. Hall engaged Senior Counsel Mr. Brian Kerr Q.C. (now the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland) who put up a gallant fight in the Courts to protect the new occupier of 14 Castlehill Road and which allowed this ex-president of the Law Society Mr. Jemphrey to remain in illegal occupation of Freddie's home even though Jemphrey had no proper title to this property because of Freddie's incapacity.
Judge MacDermott finally said he would not put a man out of his house yet there was no compunction in putting Freddie out of the home his father gave him long before he died.
The Official Solicitor Mr. Hall also stated in his first Report which he was able to compile after one afternoon in Messrs Tughan & Co's office when Herbert Wright was present. Herbert Wright was a partner in another business at this time selling Word Processing machines. The family thought it rather odd that Mr. Hall should not question him alone in his (Hall's) own office. Mr. Hall states in a letter that he got the true facts in this short time, yet it took the late Det. Con. M. Patterson three and a half years to get into banks, etate agents and solicitors' offices and massive further investigations, to make his Report.
Mr. Hall engaged Mr. Deane of Murdock & Deane as surveyor and valuer of Freddie's property. He was not an independent valuer but acted on instructions from Mr. hall. He undervalued Freddie's property by many thousands of pounds.....