'Night Stalker' given life for multiple sex attacks
Saturday 26 March 2011
The burglar and serial sex attacker known as the Night Stalker was jailed for life yesterday after carrying out a 17-year reign of terror.
Delroy Grant, a former minicab driver, was found guilty of preying on 18 vulnerable pensioners – but police fear he may have attacked more than 500 victims. Grant, 53, was told he will spend a minimum of 27 years behind bars as he was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court, London.
He was confronted in court by a woman he attacked at her bungalow in Shirley, Croydon, in October 2002, when she was 77. The pensioner, referred to as Miss J for legal reasons, entered the witness box to describe the impact of the assault. Judge Peter Rook asked if her experiences at Grant's hands still affected her. Miss J replied: "If I go out I like to be home before dark. I do a lot of locking and bolting, and taking precautions ... It changed my life."
She was watched from the dock by Grant, who sat impassively throughout most of the hearing.
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