Dear Mr. Yescombe,
I wrote to you in 1990 and received the enclosed reply and copy letters attached from Mr. Taylor, Managing Director of Laing developments.
This information was of great interest to the family.
My mentally handicapped brother Freddie owned 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68 and 69 Smithfield, and 1 to 11 Francis Street, Belfast. This entire property was stolen from Freddie after the death of my father in August 1972.
We put Freddie in care of the Courts in late 1978 believing he would be protected. You will see that 60-65 (Freddie's Showroom) was sold to the Ryland Group one year after we put my brother in care.
I had to write to the Ryland Group to tell them they had bought property stolen from Freddie. No effort was made by the first Official Solicitor to stop this fraudulent sale. We are anxious to know how Mr. Taylor from Liang Developments obtained this property and what price was paid. You will notice that £375,000 was paid for this property in 1980.
Mr. Taylor 'quotes' that he acquired 61 Smithfield and 9 Francis Street for £300,000. Why was it necessary for this money to be paid to the Department of Environment?
There was no need for any dispute as to who owned any of the Smithfield properties; all the, then, acting Official Solicitor needed to do was ask any member of the family or inspect the Deeds.
We would appreciate you help again in obtaining answers to questions herein.
My sincere thanks,
(Mrs) Eileen Wright.