Britain's 'Night Stalker' guilty of attacks on elderly

24th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A former taxi driver described by police as one of the most prolific and twisted sex attackers in British history was convicted Thursday of a string of assaults on elderly men and women.

Delroy Grant, 53, dubbed the "Night Stalker", was found guilty of preying on 18 men and women over a 17-year period, but detectives fear the real number of victims may run into the hundreds.

After the verdict, police apologised for missed chances to stop Grant in 1999 when officers mistakenly ruled him out of their investigations after his DNA was confused with that of another suspect with the same name.

Commander Simon Foy, head of the Metropolitan Police's homicide and serious crime command, said Grant's crimes were "some of the most awful and disturbing in the history of the Met".

"We are deeply sorry for the trauma suffered by all those victims and our failure to bring Grant to justice earlier," he added.

The police chief said Grant was a "perverted, callous and violent individual" who attacked some of the most vulnerable in society.

The trial at Woolwich Crown Court in London heard that between 1992 and 2009, the masked sexual predator broke into the homes of his victims and violated them in assaults which sometimes lasted several hours.

Many of his victims -- some as old as 89 -- were blind, deaf or had Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Grant subjected his vulnerable victims to degrading sexual assaults for a gratification that was described in court as impossible to understand.

© 2011 AFP

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