Night Stalker Delroy Grant sentenced to 27 years
The Night Stalker, Delroy Grant, was warned he could die in jail after being handed a minimum sentence of 27 years today.
Speaking at Woolwich Crown Court, Judge Peter Rook QC said: “You will only be released if the parole board considers it safe to do so. I have no doubt you are a very dangerous man capable of committing heinous crimes and causing incalculable harm to people.
“It is a matter for the parole board if you will ever be released. It may be that you will never be released.
He added: “Your offending is in a league of its own.”
Grant, of Brockley Mews, Brockley, was found guilty of 29 charges including the rape of an 88-year-old woman in Orpington in 1999 and two burglaries in Beckenham and Orpington in the same year yesterday.
He is thought to have possibly carried out more than 500 break-ins, rapes and sex assaults across Kent, south London and Surrey which left a whole community ‘living in fear’.
Senior detectives were forced to apologise for basic errors which allowed him to become one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders and have admitted he should have been caught 10 years before he was finally arrested.
Grant, a Jehovah’s Witness and full-time carer for his second wife Jennifer, was finally arrested in Beckenham in November 2009 after police launched a massive surveillance operation and caught him running from the scene of an attack.