Victim 'can now sleep at night'
One of Night Stalker Delroy Grant's terrified victims has said she can now have her first peaceful night's sleep in years after the rapist was convicted of a string of sex attacks.
The 83-year-old, one of Grant's 18 victims, said: "I can go back to sleeping at night and being awake in the daytime."
Police welcomed the conviction, but said they deeply regret that seven of the victims who formed the case against him have died and will never know he was brought to justice.
Commander Simon Foy said there is no doubt the trauma of Grant's actions "followed them to the grave".
The officer said Grant is responsible for some of the most "awful and disturbing crimes" in the history of Scotland Yard.
He branded Grant a "perverted, callous and violent individual" who has shown no remorse for his actions.
The senior officer said the sex attacker preyed on some of the most vulnerable people and used fear to discourage them from contacting police.
Mr Foy said: "Delroy Grant has finally faced responsibility for committing a series of some of the most awful and disturbing crimes in the history of the Met.
"He was also feared by many people living in the same communities and it is not too dramatic to say when he was caught thousands of people in south-east London were able to switch out their lights and go to sleep without the dreadful thought they would be preyed upon by Grant."
Mr Foy said every officer, detective and expert involved in the case threw "heart and soul" into catching the Night Stalker, and added: "The Met have never given up on our efforts to find Grant. I know from personal experience and observations that every officer involved in the hunt for this man has shared a determination to catch him."