This is a list of properties owned by my brother at the time of my father's death and fraudulently disposed of by Gilpin and Wright between 1972 and 1980.
These properties were well investigated between 1980 and 1983 by the late Det. Con. M. Patterson and this factual evidence should still be in the possession of the Fraud Squad. If not we have it in our possession.
61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 Smithfield.
1, 3, 5, 9 and 11 Francis Street.
3 to 5 Little King Street.
14 Castlehill Road.
Ground Rents 14/16 King Street and 12/14 Marquis Street.
5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, and 21 Winetavern Street.
Large open yard at rear measuring 6,200 square feet.
Licenced site at corner of Francis Street.
My widowed sister Betty Hamilton left her deeds of Francis Street and Millfield and her ground rents in Cork in the office of Tughan & Co over ten years ago and has never seen them since. She made many requests to this office over the years but could get no response. My father gave her these properties in the family solicitor's office in 1966. Could the RUC help her trace them?
Mr Brian Hall, the second Official Solicitor, made Freddie pay back over £100,000 for a so-called tender of £35,000. It will be noticed from Det. Con. M. Patterson's investigation that a sale was agreed in 1977 for £35,000 for the sale of 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68 and 69 Smithfield and 1, 3, 5, 9 and 11 Francis Street. Tughan & Co acted for Freddie in this sale but could not produce a copy of the sale agreement. The office of the Official Soicitor was unable to trace them. The sale was not registered with the Registry of Deeds. On the 14th October 1977 £35,000 was credited to an account with the Industrial Bank in Bangor in the names of Gilpin and Wright. These monies never passed through the vendor's solicitor, Tughan & Co but were paid in direct by someone allegedly acting for Andrews & Co.
Who instructed this sale and who acted for Freddie? What authority had Brian Hall got to pay over £100,000 to Tughan & Co. for the gross mismanagement of my brother's affairs? Who sanctioned this payment? This is gross mismanagement also of Freddie's monies. This transaction must be investigated. No one should be allowed to act outside the law. It would appear that the Official Solicitor can make his own laws. This is fraud. How could proper income tax returns be kept under such underhand dealings? This is gross mismanagement of my brother's property and monies. I have enclosed the rate of gross interest on £85,000 from 1979. The bank could not go back to 1977 so the amount given to Tughan & Co would be well over £100,000. I can well understand why this can of worms must be kept shut. The findings of the late Det. M. Patterson must not be disposed of as 'notes and jottings'. The material given to Superintendent D B Mellor, now promoted and living in Wales, must also be produced. Det. Con. J. Chambers of the Fraud Squad informed us that £1,000,000 was taken to Jersey by the late Mr C Gilpin. What was this money for? Since the death of Det. Con. M Patterson we have found it extremely difficult to get any information. We hand over information but we never get an answer. We have no intention of allowing Freddie to be thrown to the wolves and overlook all the work that the investigating officer put into his search for the truth. We have no intention of disposing of his in-depth research.
We will gladly talk to anyone and help in any way to show how my brother's affairs were not only dissipated by offending solicitors but successive Official Solicitors as well.
As far as the law is concerned we find it difficult to understand why no one will act in the interest of my brother. I will now make it clear that my father was the owner and Chairman of Andrews & Co and Neville Johnston had no right to trade under this name of occupy Freddie's premises rent free.
It also should be looked into how the Housing Executive could occupy part of Francis Street and pay the rent to Messrs McConnell and Martin, Estate Agents. Who received this rent? Why was my brother not protected by the Official Solicitor? We will not give upo until proper audited accounts, movements of property, money paid and income tax returns are shown to the family.
We would also like to know if Freddie's case was ever sent to the DPP for their analysis. If so what was the outcome? If not, why not? The Official Solicitor may be able to dispose of the detective's three years work as 'notes and jottings' but we well keep them to the fore until they are acted upon by someone interested in the Care and Protection of mental patients.