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This is the charge against solicitor Herbert Wright which was heard in the County Court in Belfast on September 28th 1988 and to which Wright pleaded guilty.

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE Obtaining property by deception, contrary to section 15 of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

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.






This is probably the most significant of a small number of convictions of people involved in the plunder of my brother Freddie's estate. All these convictions, however, were for offences which DO NOT DEAL DIRECTLY with the conduct of these people in the plunder of my brother Freddie's estate. Nobody, I repeat, nobody, has ever been taken to Court on any charge relating to the plunder of my brother's estate. This case is significant because Charles Gilpin was the main shareholder of Neville Johnston (Garages) Limited and Gilpin's son was now married to Neville Johnston's widow. Herbert Wright was made the 'fall-guy' in this sordid affair to keep the name of Charles Gilpin, now deceased, out of the bad publicity and to cover up the role played by solicitors Tughan & Co. Charles Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright and others were actually guilty of selling on property, namely 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast, for which they had no good and marketable title and for falsely representing to the Ryland Vehicle Group Limited that they had. They were, in fact and in practice, according to this conviction and other evidence available such as here and here, guilty of handling stolen property. Incredibly, while Wright was convicted in that he "dishonestly obtained from Ryland Vehicle Group Limited 375,000 with the intention of permanently depriving the said Ryland Vehicle Group Limited thereof by deception", neither Wright nor Tughan & Co nor anyone else was ever even charged with dishonestly obtaining 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast by deception with the intention not only of permanently depriving my handicapped brother Freddie of his property but also selling it on at a massive profit in violation of not only the law but in violation of the wishes of my father.
It follows that, by inference, this group of people, as a direct result of this Court conviction, were guilty of stealing property, namely 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast property which belonged to my brother, Freddie Andrews.

At the time of this Court conviction, September 28th 1988, my handicapped brother and his estate had been under the protection of the Court for almost nine years. The question has been asked, "Why did Official Solicitor John Drennan, who had been put in charge of my handicapped brother's affairs by a High Court judge in 1979, fail to challenge the conduct of Charles Gilpin, Tughan & Co and solicitor Herbert Wright within a few months of being put in charge of Freddie's affairs".
It is an incredible fact that Drennan actually allowed Charles Gilpin, Tughan & Co and solicitor Herbert Wright to have possession of the deed of Freddie's property at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980" according to the County Court charge set out above in order to "dishonestly obtain 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", when he, Drennan, should have been securing Freddie's property for his (Freddie's) use only. Within one year of being put in charge of my mentally-handicapped brother's person and estate, the High Court appointed Official Solicitor had joined the ranks of a gang of thieves who had no mercy on my already afflicted and vulnerable brother. Herbert Wright pleaded guilty as charged that he had "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". Wright did all this along with Charles Gilpin and Tughan & Co but only with the assistance of Official Solicitor Drennan. This is where the official cover-up began and has continued to this day, involving every Official Solicitor since that time.

The chain of illegal sales of Freddie's property was exposed by Herbert Wright's conviction on September 28th 1988 and goes beyond the illegal sale of 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast "between the 1st day of August 1979 and the 31st day of January 1980". Had Official Solicitor John Drennan done the job he had been empowered to do and which the High Court Judge demanded that he should have done, not only would Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright have been unable to get their hands on the deed of 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast, but Drennan, who then had good reason to question the involvement of Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright in both the sales of 3-5 Little King Street and "Tara House", which was our family's reason for putting Freddie and his estate into the Care and Protection of the Court in the first place, should have used the enormous power of the High Court to expose this gang's criminal conduct and save our family from years of literal torture.
With "Tara House" out of the way, this gang had removed the need for Freddie to continue ownership of his city-centre properties - or so they thought.

Drennan's failure to investigate properly the concerns of our family, do the job the High Court judge ordered him to do and indentify the criminal activity of Gilpin, Tughan & Co and Herbert Wright along with solicitors John Morris and Gerald P Jemphrey in the illegal sales of 3-5 Little King Street and "Tara House", concerns later identified and confirmed by the RUC Fraud Squad, immediately implicated the Office of Care and Protection and the Office of Official Solicitor for which the Supreme High Court of Northern Ireland must take absolute responsibility. The buck then must finally stop with the British Government's Lord Chancellor. My mentally-handicapped brother Freddie Andrews was robbed of his Little King Street property and his own home "Tara House" and the High Court's Official Solicitor not only turned a blind eye to that robbery but joined the gang of robbers in the County-Court-confirmed robbery of Freddie's property at 60/65 Smithfield Square, Belfast. This Court conviction of Herbert Wright and the confirmed collusion of Gilpin and Tughan & Co in assisting Wright also highlights the collusion of the RUC 'top brass' over these years too.

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