The Guyana Defense Force (GDF) on Tuesday finally admitted that one of its intelligence officer Sergeant Robert Pyle, who died on December 30, 2015, following a high-speed chase on Carifesta Avenue, was on official and “legitimate” duty.
After days of pressure and growing public suspicion, including an INews report published earlier today under the title ‘Many questions, no official answer’, the GDF in a subsequent statement to the media admitted that Pyle was involved in supporting the activities of the Special Organised Crime Unit’s (SOCU) probe into the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).
Plye was at the time part of a team providing surveillance and intelligence gathering work at the private residence of NICIL’s Head, Winston Brassington.
He died after the vehicle he was driving slammed into a canter truck while trying to block a vehicle which had moments ago left another house in the vicinity of Brassington’s Kingston, Georgetown home after his first attempts to have the occupants exit their vehicle failed.
His wife was in the vehicle with him and she died too. The driver in the canter truck also died on spot as a result of the impact of the collision.
In the statement today, the GDF said it was “normal” for its ranks to provide intelligence work and other forms of support to other law enforcement bodies especially during operation dragnet.
The statement comes after officials were mum over the rank’s involvement in a police probe of NICIL following the completion of an audit into the entity last year.