Monday 29 May 2017

'Night Stalker' suspect never left fingerprints

Sam Marsden in London

The taxi driver accused of being the 'Night Stalker' rapist questioned why police were bothering to take his fingerprints, telling an officer: "I always wear gloves," a court heard yesterday.

Delroy Grant (53) also tried to frame his own son when he was finally arrested on suspicion of preying on vulnerable elderly women and men for 17 years, a jury was told.

His fingerprints were never found at the scenes of a series of burglaries -- many accompanied by sexual assaults -- he allegedly carried out across south London, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

Mr Grant refused to comment on the crimes when he was arrested but allegedly made an apparent admission when his details were being registered.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said: "At the police station the defendant's fingerprints were taken.

"The officer told him: 'I am making sure I get ink all over your hands and get a good print from you'.

"To which the defendant replied: 'I don't know why you're bothering, I always wear gloves'."

Mr Grant also allegedly attempted to pin the blame for the burglaries and "humiliating and degrading sexual assaults" on his son while he was being held by police.

Mr Grant is said to have told an officer: "Have you thought about my son? Delroy Junior."

The court heard that Mr Grant added: "He lives in the right area and he is the same height as me."

Mr Grant, of Brockley Mews, Honor Oak, south-east London, denies 29 charges relating to burglaries, attempted burglaries, rapes and indecent assaults against 18 pensioners between October 1992 and November 2009.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.

Irish Independent

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