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Night Stalker given life sentence

One of Night Stalker Delroy Grant's elderly victims bravely faced him across a courtroom as he was jailed for life.

An 85-year-old spinster who was burgled and indecently assaulted by the depraved sexual predator spoke of how she still suffers from her ordeal nearly nine years on.

Grant, 53, was warned he may die in prison after being told he must spend at least 27 years behind bars for burgling and raping vulnerable pensioners in a 17-year reign of terror.

The former minicab driver was found guilty of preying on 18 elderly women and men - but police fear he may have had over 500 victims.

He was confronted at London's Woolwich Crown Court by a woman he attacked at her bungalow in Shirley, Croydon, in October 2002, when she was 77.

The frail, white-haired pensioner, referred to as Miss J for legal reasons, courageously entered the witness box to describe the impact Grant's sick assault had on her life.

In a statement from 2003, she said: "I have found that time is not a great healer. I don't think it's got any easier over the last year. I certainly haven't got back my peace of mind. Nobody can guarantee it won't happen again." She added: "It's something I shall never forget completely. It still feels so recent."

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Rook told the depraved sex attacker he remained a "very dangerous man capable of committing heinous crimes and causing incalculable harm" and warned him he could die in jail.

Grant, of Brockley Mews, Honor Oak, south-east London, was found guilty of 29 charges relating to burglaries and sexual attacks on elderly people between October 1992 and November 2009.

He received four life sentences for three rapes and one attempted rape, concurrent eight-year sentences for seven indecent assaults, and concurrent six-year sentences for 18 burglaries and attempted burglaries. He has already spent a year and 129 days in custody awaiting trial and will not be allowed to apply for parole until he is 78, the court heard.

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