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Night Stalker rapist case: Dad-of-seven due in court

PUBLISHED: 15:44 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:19 12 August 2010

A father-of-seven accused of being the Night Stalker is due to appear in court again today (Thursday). Delroy Grant, 52, of Brockley Mews, Brockley, will be at Woolwich Crown Court this morning for a plea and case management hearing. He faces charges o

A father-of-seven accused of being the Night Stalker is due to appear in court again today (Thursday).

Delroy Grant, 52, of Brockley Mews, Brockley, will be at Woolwich Crown Court this morning for a plea and case management hearing.

He faces charges of five rapes, six indecent assaults, one burglary with intent to rape and 10 burglaries.

The Night Stalker has carried out a 17-year reign of terror, preying on elderly people by cutting their telephone wire and electricity supply before carrying out horrific assaults on them.

Detectives from the Met set up Operation Minstead dedicated to finding the perpetrator and even travelled to the Caribbean where they believed his parents were from for clues to his identity.

Grant was committed to crown court on November 19 at Greenwich Magistrates Court.

Neighbours and friends packed into the public gallery and there was a yell of 'wha gwan Del', meaning 'what's happening' as he was led to the cells following a five minute hearing.

Grant first appeared at Greenwich Magistrates on November 16 where permission was sought to detain him for a further three days for more questioning. Prosecuting Denise Clewes had said she expected more charges to be brought against Grant by last Thursday as officers were still collecting evidence but no more were.

The Jehovah's Witness, who is a full time carer of his wife who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, was arrested in the early hours of November 16 as he returned to his car in Shirley, near Croydon.

The case of the Night Stalker has attracted the eyes of the world's media. Grant is the first person to have been charged in relation to the case which marks a significant breakthrough for Met officers.

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