National honours for sergeant

2020-02-04 06:00
Detective Sgt Randall Davids is Detective of the Year.

Detective Sgt Randall Davids is Detective of the Year.

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The Mitchell’s Plain detective who recently took top honours at the regional police awards has done it again.

This time taking home the national title of Detective of the Year.

Detective Sgt Randall Davids of the Mitchell’s Plain police station accepted the award on Sunday 26 January in Port Elizabeth.

His citation reads: “The member is meticulous and expedient with his investigations. This was evident in his ability to link two separate cases and amass enough evidence to secure a conviction for a rapist-murderer – who was handed down four life sentences – at the high court within eleven months. The member investigated the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Mitchell’s Plain in 2018. The forensic evidence linked the girl’s murderer to an unsolved case at the Harare Police Station where the perpetrator had raped and murdered his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend in 2015. Bringing justice to the families was at the fore of Sgt Davids’ mind, he worked after normal working hours and used his own vehicle to ensure service delivery. He also used his own cellphone to give victims’ families regular feedback on the progress of their cases,” it read.

“Sgt Davids’ relentless hard work resulted in lengthy jail terms secured for criminals and closure of a cold case. The attention this received in the media has proven to the community that the police will ensure that criminals account for their actions no matter how long it takes to gather enough evidence to get convictions,” it concluded.

His win was in recognition of his detective work in the case of Stacey Adams, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave outside the wendy house of Christopher Brown in Tafelsig (“Girl (6) found in shallow grave”, People’s Post, 26 June 2018).

The then 25-year-old was arrested while residents set fire to the main home in outrage.

Brown admitted to Adams’ murder and rape, stating it was in revenge for his girlfriend going out without him. His girlfriend was Adams’ mother.

Davids managed to link Adam’s case to the cold murder case of his ex-girlfriend, Thulisa Lavisa in Khayelitsha.

Davids has been in the police service for close to 16 years and was influenced to pursue this career from a young age.

“Growing up watching crime series, I felt motivated to fight crime one day and to make the community safe. My area was gang-ridden at the time and I wanted to be involved in turning people away from crime,” says Davids.

Davids has been a detective for 13 years.

“The satisfaction of solving cases, giving families closure, the team work by the unit are all positives that keep me motivated,” he says.

“I believe that its by God’s grace that we are able to serve and fulfil our calling in life. There are challenges and the job can be demanding and make a person feel despondent at times, however being focused on your goal will enable you to stay positive.”

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