Britain's 'Night Stalker' on trial for string of attacks

3rd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A former British taxi driver went on trial Thursday accused of a 17-year campaign of sex attacks on elderly men and women who were too weak to fight him off.

Delroy Grant, a 53-year-old dubbed the Night Stalker, denies a string of burglaries and violent attacks on pensioners across south London.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw told the jury at Woolwich Crown Court in London: "The defendant was targeting the elderly and vulnerable in their homes and during the night.

"What it was that motivated him to carry out sexual offences on the very elderly and what sort of gratification he could possibly have achieved is obviously difficult, if not impossible, to understand," he said.

"Neither was his sexual interest only confined to women, although it was single women living on their own which he was focused on."

Grant, who appeared in the dock with short hair, glasses and wearing a pinstriped blue suit, is charged with 29 offences between October 1992 and November 2009.

The court heard that an 81-year-old woman feigned a heart attack in a failed attempt to stop him from raping her.

Grant also subjected two elderly men to "humiliating and degrading attacks."

The prosecutor added: "Those who were too frightened to resist or protest were attacked.

"Where he experienced resistance and where his elderly victims refused to be compliant, they tended to be left alone."

Grant was arrested after his car was stopped by police in November 2009.

The trial was expected to last three weeks.

© 2011 AFP

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