No clues yet in Insurance Manager’s killing
Police investigators are still trying to piece together evidence gathered as they seek to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of popular insurance company executive, Bert Whyte.
Whyte was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was rushed around 19:30 hours on Monday, minutes after collapsing in front of the Palm Court Restaurant and Bar on Main Street.
He was believed to have been stabbed in the region of the heart by a man who eventually made off with his Toyota Sprinter.
It is alleged that Whyte was attacked in the vicinity of Bentick Street, Tiger Bay, and ran to Palm Court in search of help after he was stabbed.
An eyewitness said that he saw Whyte, a former Personnel Manager at the GPHC, who was later employed in the insurance industry, scuffling with a man before breaking away and running towards Main Street.
Before collapsing in front of the popular Main Street nightspot, Whyte gave his cellular phone to the security personnel at the establishment who subsequently contacted relatives.
Crime Chief Seelall Persaud yesterday assured that investigators are pulling out all the stops in a bid to ensure that Whyte’s murder does not fall into the cold case file. He said that detectives had fanned out in the city, gathering evidence from Whyte’s place of employment to Tiger Bay where the incident reportedly took place.
According to a source close to the investigation, Whyte was last seen with a dark-complexioned man with ‘wavy’ hair in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market.
An eyewitness said that he saw the victim scuffling with someone in his vehicle in Bentick Street.
This newspaper learnt that Whyte had made the customary pick up of his niece from a private school in the city hours before his death.
The child told detectives that there was another male who is unfamiliar to her in Whyte’s car when she was picked up.
What was strange though, instead of taking her home himself, Whyte reportedly dropped off his niece at the Stabroek Speed boat Stelling for her to make her way home to Pouderoyen on the West Bank of Demerara.
So far the mystery person in Whyte’s car has not come forward.
“Nobody has called to say that they were with him (before his death),” said his sister Mary.
She informed that her brother’s death occurred a day before he was to have handed in his final project for his Masters’ Degree in course he was pursuing at the University of Guyana.
Detectives are hoping that they will find Whyte’s car soon so that they can narrow down their investigation.
Meanwhile, former colleagues of Whyte, both at the GPHC and the Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Life Insurance Company remain in shock over his sudden passing.
GTM’s General Manager, Roger Yee, described Whyte’s death as a tragic loss to the company.
According to Yee, Whyte was an outstanding team member who in the short space of time he was with the company, touched the lives of those he interacted with in the course of his work.
“As a Human Resource Manager, he effectively interacted with both management and the staff. The entire GTM is in mourning, not just in Guyana, but in the wider Caribbean,” Yee told Kaieteur News.
“We are still trying to digest what has happened…to all of us it was a shock, and we are still trying to come to grips with the loss,” the GTM General Manager added.
And the management and staff of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation have expressed profound sadness for the loss of one of our dearest friends and colleagues, former Personnel Manager, Mr. Bert Whyte.
In a statement issued yesterday, the GPHC also expressed condolence to the family of nursing staff Ms. Natoya Giddings who also died Monday.
“Both were loved and admired by their colleagues and will be missed dearly. The management and staff of the Corporation extend sincerest condolences to the relatives and friends of Mr. Whyte and Ms. Giddings,” the GPHC statement said.