During the reign of Mrs. Deirdre Bowers as Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court in Northern Ireland she was very involved with my brother Freddie's case. Mrs. Bowers took an injunction out at one stage stopping me from writing to her Office. She must not have liked the questions that I was asking. On another occasion she came into 4 Norwood Gardens, looked around and said that there were people in this house that she was not responsible for. She then left. My elderly mother was downstairs in bed but Mrs. Bowers did not see her and the only others present were one of my sisters and a neighbour's child from across the road. Mrs. Bowers is even quoted in a letter dated October 2nd 1987 as stating that I was dangerous and inaccurate and that it was best not to make any reply to my letters. As you can see from the above link, this letter from solicitors Carson & McDowell was sent to
Nick Sadler, Esq.,
John Laing Developments Limited,
London NW7 2ER.
John Laing Developments Limited were the people needing Freddie's land for their multi-million shopping complex in the centre of Belfast - CastleCourt - and Carson & McDowell were the solicitors acting here in Belfast for Laings. This same firm of solicitors, Carson & McDowell, was actually retained by the Official Solicitor Mrs. Bowers, to prepare the Conveyance and Assignment for the sale of Freddie's property to Laings. In fact and in practice, Mrs. Bowers caused Carson & McDowell to represent the owner of the property, Freddie, through Mrs. Bowers as Freddie's Controller, while at the same time Carson & McDowell were representing the purchaser of the property, Laings. As you can see above, the letter was addressed to Laing's man, Nick Sadler, at
John Laing Developments Limited,
London NW7 2ER.
While Tughan & Co were Northern Ireland's number one firm of solicitors, it seems from this report in the Belfast Telegraph (date to be obtained) that Carson & McDowell, or Carson McDowell as it states in this report, was number two in Northern Ireland's 30 top firms of solicitors. The conduct of both these legal firms casts a long, long shadow over the legal profession in Northern Ireland and casts a shadow over the Law Society which recommended Carson McDowell to two businesses. It also casts a very dark shadow over the conduct of both Official Solicitor Bowers and F. Brian Hall, now Master.
On February 26th 1987, Bowers issued this summons to the High Court. She was certainly in a hurry. Deane sent a letter dated February 24th 1987 to her recommending the offer which was accepted by the High Court Judge. She would just have had time to read it before issuing the Summons, but as you can see from her sworn statement she had not yet received the confirmation of the figure of £150,000 from the Valuation Office which was sent to her dated March 3rd 1987. Yes, Mrs. Bowers was certainly in a big hurry.
As you can see from the pages of the Conveyance and Assignment prepared by solicitors Carson & McDowell below:
on page 1, the sale of Freddie's property was made out to Project Assessment and Development Limited,
and on page 2, the address of the registered office of Project Assessment and Development Limited is given as
Why did Carson & McDowell leave out part of the address above, namely, John Laing Developments Limited?
Why did Official Solicitor Bowers and F. Brian Hall, Master, allow this omission? John Laing Developments Limited and Project Assessment and Development Limited were one and the same party!
The official solicitor Mrs Bowers caused the solicitors Carson & McDowell, whose treatment of me, Freddie's sister, can only be classed as abusive, to act in this rip-off of my mentally-handicapped brother Freddie, when she knew that the same solicitors Carson & McDowell were also acting for the business giant, Laing, who needed Freddie's land to make many more millions of pounds.
This is not only unprofessional, it is sick, criminal and any other base term that comes to mind.
You will also see on page two up along the border on the left-hand-side of the page that all this has the signed approval of none other than F. Brian Hall, Master.
Continued below the following pages.
It must be remembered that PART of this property had already been sold, by an illegal sale confirmed here by the County Court in Belfast on September 28th 1988. As can be seen from the foregoing link, solicitor Herbert Wright was convicted of the offence, namely,
"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."
It seems that this illegal property sale was never properly resolved because the £375,000 paid by the Ryland Vehicle Group for 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast was paid into the account of solicitors Tughan & Co, a fact confirmed by County Court Judge in the above case, Judge O'Donnell, and not into the account of the owner of the property who was and is my handicapped brother Freddie Andrews. The Ryland Vehicle Group could not get their money back when they discovered the fraud so they held on to the Deeds. The Official Solicitor and RUC could not make a fuss about it all because that would have exposed the fraud which all were implicated in.
It seems that the Official Solicitor obtained new Deeds for this property in 1987 which allowed the Ryland Vehicle Group to hold on to the original Deeds until they got their money back and probably a lot more as confirmed in this newspaper article when they sold Freddie's land illegally to the Laing Group after the above County Court case. At the time of the above sale by Official Solicitor Bowers, therefore, there were TWO sets of Deeds for Freddie's property, one held by the Office of Care and Protection/Official Solicitor, and the other held by the Ryland Vehicle Group.
I sent this letter to Official Solicitor Bowers one month before Bowers's sworn statement below.
Here is Official Solicitor Bowers' sworn statement of March 6th 1987, eighteen months before the above County Court hearing of September 28th 1988.
As you can see, John L Deane was still involved in plunder of Freddie's property.
You can also see that Mrs. Bowers swore that John L Deane received, from Mr Alan Wilson for the representatives of John Laing Developments Limited, a letter of offer to purchase 62-65 Smithfield, 66-69 Smithfield and 1-11 Francis Street, Belfast, for the sum of £150,000, a figure which Mr. Deane and the Valuation Office recommended Mrs Bowers to accept.
Mr. Deane had already sent this letter to F. Brian Hall dated November 27th 1985.
Estate agents Osborne King and Megran sent this letter to Deane of Alex Murdoch & Deane dated February 1987.
As I have mentioned elsewhere, how could all these people justify the valuation of £150,000 for all three properties in 1987 when solicitor 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."
Tughan & Co received £375,000 for just one of the above three properties in 1979 when Official Solicitor was in charge, yet Official Solicitor Bowers accepted £150,000 for the very same property AND TWO OTHER PROPERTIES eight years later!!!!!
ENTER THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT!
This is a Department of the Environment's Vesting Order Notice published in the major Northern Ireland press and dated 16th day of December, 1983.
As you can see, this Vesting Order includes the addresses 1-23 Francis Street and 1-45 King Street.
My brother Freddie and my sister Betty Hamilton between them owned 1-19 Francis Street and Betty owned 14-16 King Street from which Freddie is said to have been entitled to the rent.
Here is a letter from me to the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland and here and here are letters from Laing Developments Limited to me.
Now, can you tell me what went on regarding the sales of Freddie's - and Betty's - properties, because as sure as truth, I cannot tell you?
The Belfast County Court case revealed that ONE of Freddie's properties was sold in 1979/1980 to Ryland Vehicle Group for £375,000.
Official Solicitor Hall tried in 1985 to sell this one property plus two others for £110,000.
Official Solicitor Bowers DID sell this one property plus two others in 1987 for £150,000 while in 1983, the Department of the Environment charged Laings £300,000.
ON TOP OF ALL THIS, I received this letter