The Private Sector Commission (PSC) said it is saddened by the death of the three persons in a New Year’s Eve accident on Carifesta Avenue, but is alarmed by media reports with regards to the circumstances leading up to the accident.
Inews understands that Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Sergeant Robert Pyle was called out to duty on the night of December 30 to engage in a stakeout operation in relation to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) investigation into the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). At the time, he had just picked up his wife, Stacy, from her workplace at the Davis Memorial Hospital and was heading home.
Sources say that Sergeant Pyle immediately took a detour and headed in the direction of NICIL Executive Director Winston Brassington’s Kingston home where another team of special officers were already stationed.
A source explained that Sergeant Pyle was required to report on the movement of any documents or suspicious figures in and out of Brassington’s home. While staking out the property, the Police team noticed someone believed to be affiliated with Brassington entering a vehicle. The Police team reportedly began to tail the vehicle – against orders – after it took off.
According to the sources, Sergeant Pyle was never ordered to engage in a high-speed chase.
The chase led to Carifesta Avenue where the GDF Officer’s vehicle slammed into a canter, resulting in the death of Pyle and two others.
The source revealed that there was a third person in Sergeant Pyle’s car and following the collision that person was pulled from the wreckage and rushed to a city hospital.
In a press release issued this afternoon, the PSC said that since these media reports have not been refuted by the relevant authorities, “the Commission calls upon the Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force and the Commissioner of Police to bring clarity as to whether the allegations in the media are true and whether this was an authorized assignment carried out on behalf of either of these agencies”.
“This matter has caused immense apprehension in the business community and we believe that answers are needed not only by us but by the larger society”, the release added.
Law enforcement officers refuse to officially divulge any information about the circumstances surrounding the death of the three persons, even as numerous conflicting reports emerge about the covert operation Sergeant Pyle was involved in at the time.