Man on trial over OAP sex attacks
A cab driver has gone on trial accused of being the so-called Night Stalker, a rapist who preyed on elderly victims during a 17-year campaign of attacks.
Delroy Grant, 53, is accused of burgling and sexually assaulting vulnerable women and men in their 80s for a gratification it was "impossible to understand", a jury was told.
Opening the prosecution case at the start of a three-week trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Jonathan Laidlaw QC said: "The defendant was targeting the elderly and vulnerable in their homes and during the night.
"That is why he was to become known as the Night Stalker."
Grant, who appeared in the dock with close-cropped hair, glasses and wearing a pinstriped blue suit, is charged with 29 offences committed between October 1992 and November 2009 on pensioners across south London.
Mr Laidlaw told the jury: "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.
"Neither was his sexual interest only confined to women, although it was single women living on their own which he was focused on."
The 53-year-old denies the offences in Warlingham, Shirley, Beckenham, Bromley, Addiscombe, Orpington and West Dulwich, all in south London.
Grant, a former minicab driver of Brockley Mews, Honor Oak, south London, was arrested after his car was stopped by police in November 2009.
The trial continues.