Detective Sergeant Randall Davids got Brown to confess to the murder of six-year-old Stacey Adams on the day her body was discovered in a shallow grave next to his Wendy house in Tafelsig.
This while mense rioted and bayed for his blood outside his aunt’s home.
Davids then went on to link Brown to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Thulisa Lavisa, in Khayelitsha a few years earlier, after the case had gone cold.
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With nearly 16 years of service under his belt, Davids used his knowledge and experience to nail Brown for the two murders that rocked the Cape.
Brown had initially been in police’s clutches for Thulisa’s murder in 2015, but was let go due to a lack of evidence.
He then formed a new relationship with Stacey’s mother, Sasha-Lee Adams.
While in custody for Stacey’s murder, Davids reopened Thulisa’s case and got Brown to come clean about her murder, too.
In May, Brown entered a plea and sentencing agreement at the Cape High Court where he admitted that he assaulted and strangled 19-year-old Thulisa at their Khayelitsha home.
Thulisa had left him because he abused her, and when she came back to collect her clothing, he beat her up and strangled her.
He hid her body under their bed, where it was discovered by Thulisa’s cousin.
Brown also admitted that he raped and strangled little Stacey inside his hokkie in June 2018.
He beat the child with a frying pan on the head and hid her body under his bed.
He also confessed that he tried to sodomise her dead body, but failed.
He later buried her half-naked body in a shallow grave next to his Wendy huis, where cops found it.
He said he’d been angry at the girl’s mother who had left him the previous night to go to a party in Delft.
The child had lived with her ouma across the road and came to look for her mom the next day, when Brown attacked her.
Mitchells Plain Police Station Commander, Brigadier Cass Goolam, says after Stacey’s body was found, the community became riotous and petrol-bombed the house.
But this did not stop a determined Davids, who was inside the house with Brown and his scared family members, from doing his job.
“The house was under attack, but he was still able to question the suspect and get a confession,” says Goolam.
“The community of Mitchells Plain must know of the gold they have (in Davids).
“We are very proud of him,” says the station commander.