Ulster's top lawyer is to investigate claims that a mentally retarded man was swindled out of a family fortune
It follows 20 years of campaigning by the sister of tragic Freddie Andrews, desperate to uncover the full truth.
Freddie is now 69, but has had the mental age of a ten-year-old since a childhood operation went wrong. His father left him his entire estate, including property, on his death in 1972.
Freddie's widowed sister, Eileen Wright, claims that between then and Freddie being put into Care in 1979 a series of people took advantage of him by paying ridiculously low prices for prime sites.
Last night Eileen, 76, clutched a letter from Belfast's Royal Courts of Justice confirming the probe and said: "I am delighted. I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel."
One man revealed to have swindled Freddie was Ballymena businessman Charlie Gilpin. He died 15 years ago.
His side-kick was a crooked solicitor Bertie Wright, who received an 18-month suspended prison sentence in 1989 for his involvement in an illegal property deal involving Freddie. To add to the mystery, RUC fraud squad detective Mervyn Patterson, who investigated the Freddie Andrews case for more than two years, died in mysterious circumstances.
His body, with his hands and legs bound, was found on the shores of Belfast Lough in July 1986.
He had been shot in the head.
The gun was never found. An inquest found he had killed himself.
But friends claim that Patterson - who had quit the Freemasons after claiming to have uncovered RUC corruption - was murdered in a bizarre masonic ritual.
Yesterday Freddie waved like a child from the window of Eileen's home in east Belfast as his sister revealed: "My father built up a very large property empire in Belfast, but after his death people took advantage of Freddie to purchase some properties at very low prices.
"His name appears on various propety dealings in the 1970s, but he didn't know what he was doing then and still doesn't.
"It's been very frustrating for the past 20 years trying to find out who bought what and for how much."
Freddie's remaining estate is now worth £300,000. That is due only to clever investments in stocks and shares by Northern Ireland's Supreme Court, which in law is responsible for the pensioner's well-being.
Belfast councillor Chris McGimpsey, who has been helping Eileen's fight, said: "It is clear that powerful individuals plundered the estate of a vulnerable man.
"If evidence of further fraud is found I will press for a criminal prosecution."