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GDF intelligence officer wasn’t instructed to chase subjects- sources

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) intelligence officer, who was killed in a road accident last week Wednesday, was staking out the wrong people at the wrong house and at no time was he instructed to engage in a high-speed chase, according to well-placed sources.

Sources said he was never instructed to chase the persons but rather to report on their whereabouts to agents of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force.

Pyle and his wife, Stacy, were killed in a collision with a truck on Carifesta Avenue , Georgetown on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 while chasing a car with a number of persons who had escaped Pyle’s road-block with his vehicle.

SOCU investigators had intended to put under surveillance the residence of the Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington but instead, Sergeant Robert Pyle was asked to focus on a house occupied by Charles Ramson Jr. immediately west of Brassington’s home.

Earlier in the day, SOCU investigators seized piles of documents from NICIL’s headquarters on Barrack Street, Kingston and changed the locks to his office doors.  Financial sleuths also searched the home of NICIL’s Company Secretary, Marcia Nadir-Sharma.

Sources said Pyle was asked to monitor the premises and report to police immediately whether he had seen the movement of any documents or other material from Brassington’s residence and arrange for back-up to aid in the seizure.

“He was not told to chase any vehicle but apparently in his enthusiasm, that is what he did and that (the accident) is what happened,” the source told Demerara Waves Online News.

On seeing a number of persons emerge from the building, he did so and while apparently became over enthusiastic by attempting to block and subsequently chasing the vehicle that the occupants had entered.

Other sources told Demerara Waves Online News that SOCU’s request to a GDF contact was rather informal and at no time was it made directly to Pyle, highly regarded as a competent and efficient army intelligence agent.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Why would SOCU put Brassington under surveillance when all it had to do was use the NICIL audit as probable cause basis for a court-approved police search warrant of his home and that of his 2-i-C, Marcia? And if Charles Ramson Jr. is suspected of being an accessory to any skulduggery, why not get a probable cayse, search warrant of his house, too?

    It is clear to us that the PPP ran a criminally corrupt government, but it makes no sense to us for all these bungled surveillance activities when a simple straightforward case of the GY$29m theft at GPL has not induced a single indictment or the US$2m PSM misappropriation case is wobbling to the cemetery with great help from the police and DPP.

    • Kaieteur_Canada

      From what I understand in the article, wires got crossed and Pyle was inadvertently staking out Ramson’s home…. I know Guyana is a small place but Ramson and Brassington, two bigwigs of the corrupt PPP former government, living next to each other is a wee bit of a convenient circumstance.

      • Emile_Mervin

        Looks like wires hot crossed and marbles got lost. Something is not adding up here.

    • eddie

      WOW! It is clear to us that the PPP ran a criminally corrupt government, I will second you on this but it’s too bad that we put incompetent people to prove this,,,,,,,,, what a government!!!!!!!!!!!!!! proving Jagdeo correct when he said during the campaign that this president will have the GDF heavily involved…………….. only in Guyana that you have the army running surveillance and the police is on the sideline

  • Rasabebe

    the stakeout should have been confidential. how did the media get all the information.

    • Emile_Mervin

      The source of all this is baffling. And even if true, why the surveillance?

      • eddie

        old habit die hard

      • JuanMcLeland

        The army intelligence unit is one Granger can trust explicitly. More surprises to come . For you that is .

      • Dharamkumar02

        Emile I wonder also, I find it to be really puzzling.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Not sorry for him, however I sympathize with the relatives of his innocent wife.

  • SYL

    If these guys need knowledge to conduct surveillance, just ask Shawn Connery ” JAMES BOND” OR CHECK THE MOVIES. Guys just get a search warrant and do your job legally, . Ask “uncle Sam” USA , Britain, how to do that type of work.
    In the country where I reside, the US Intelligence agents operate, and wouldn’t even recognize them unless you know them . They move like smooth operators, sit at bars with everyone, live on boats, etc. until they get the job done.
    If he was an expert agent I don’t want to see the amateurs. RIP!

  • Dave Persaud

    Perception and Reality.
    Under the PPP/C many made tremendous personal financial gains. If the present government feels some utilized the people resources for personal gains, then gather the evidence and prosecute. That was the purpose for the forensic audits. Mr. Hinds said it best in his recent publication. Like him or not, perhaps, he is on to something.