Suspected ‘Night Stalker’ appears in court

Police cordon off Mr Grant's home in Brockley. Photo: Joanna Lowy

Police cordon off Mr Grant's home in Brockley. Photo: Joanna Lowy

A Lewisham man accused of a seventeen year long series of sexual attacks in south London has been remanded in custody for a second time.

Delroy Grant, 52, of Brockley, was handed back to detectives again after appearing in court this morning.

Prosecutor Denise Clewes asked for Mr Grant to be remanded in police custody on Monday as inquiries continue. His case has been delayed whilst investigators speak to him about a “large number” of other offences.

“There is still evidence that needs to be gathered and officers have not had the time to do this”, Ms Clewes said.

Mr Grant was arrested near Croydon in the early hours of Sunday morning by detectives of Operation Minstead, the investigation aimed at finding the serial sex attacker known as the ‘night stalker’.

He appeared at Greenwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning charged with five rapes, six indecent assaults, and 11 burglaries since 1992.

The incidents all took place in south east London, including Dulwich, Orpington, Norwood, Downham, Lee, Croydon, West Wickam, and Bickley. An alleged rape and an indecent assault is said to have occurred in Croydon in July 1999.

Operation Minstead was set up to catch a man who had targeted both men and women aged between 68 and 93 in their homes. The attacker broke into the homes of pensioners, often disabling phone and electricity lines before subjecting them to horrific ordeals.

Mr Grant will appear at Woolwich Crown Court next Thursday, where further charges are “likely.”

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