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Judge tells evil stalker he may die in prison

Sam Marsden in London

Published 26/03/2011 | 05:00

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

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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 taxi 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 yesterday 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 Ms J for legal reasons, courageously entered the witness box to describe the impact Grant's sick assault had on her life.

"If I go out I like to be home before dark. I do a lot of locking and bolting, and taking precautions . . . it changed my life," she told the court.

She was watched from the dock by Grant, who sat impassively throughout most of the hearing but occasionally shook his head as details of his shocking crimes were read out.

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.

The judge said he considered giving Grant a whole-life sentence and noted that his crimes were so serious they were not covered by normal sentencing guidelines.

"Your offending is in a league of its own. You targeted elderly victims living alone. Your actions blighted the remaining precious years of their lives," he said.

Arrested

Grant, a father of 10, attempted to pin the blame for his crimes on his own son when he was finally arrested in November 2009.

And he claimed during his trial that his ex-wife, Janet Watson, stored his semen in 1977 and then waited 15 years to frame him for the crimes.

Ms Watson last night spoke of her relief at his conviction, declaring: "I hope he suffers every day in prison. He is an evil man. I was never going to let him win."

The Metropolitan Police had apologised after it was revealed that officers botched a chance to stop Grant in 1999.

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