ITV’s latest true crime drama Manhunt: The Night Stalker follows DCI Colin Sutton, played by Martin Clunes, on his attempt to find the person who was responsible for multiple serial rapes and burglaries across south east London between the 1990s and early 2000s.
Between 1992 and 2009, Delroy Grant (or the Night Stalker) committed more than 100 assaults.
Between 1992 and 2009, Delroy Grant was known as the Night Stalker. He attacked elderly women living alone in detached or semi-detached houses or bungalows.
The police struggled to locate Delroy Grant due to numerous blunders. They suggested that the perpetrator was embarrassed of his violent tendencies as he would often go for long periods of time without committing any crime.
Finally, in 2009, police officers were able to catch the criminals with the help of DCI Sutton.
Grant was finally convicted of 29 counts of burglary and indecent assault, and rape in March 2011.
Night Stalker Delroy Grant is still alive.
Delroy Grant remains alive and is currently held at HMP Belmarsh.
This prison is a Category A male prison, where many of the most notorious criminals in the country are serving their sentences.
Judge Peter Rook sentenced Grant to four life sentences and ordered him to spend at least 27 years in prison.
At the time, the judge said: “I have no doubt that you are a very evil man capable of committing heinous crimes.”
He added that Grant had left a “trail of distress, fear and misery” and carried out “humiliating and degrading sexual attacks” on his victims.
Judge Rook continued: “It’s hard to imagine the extreme fear that the feel of your gloved hand and the sight of your masked figure looming above them must have been felt by your victims in their beds.”
The serial rapist will be eligible to apply for parole after 25 years and eight months in prison, according to BBC News.
How many victims was Night stalker?
Delroy Grant was taken into custody on Sunday, November 15, 2009.
The man, 52 years old, was charged with more than 100 sexual offenses in south London.
According to police, the number could actually be closer to 600.
Speaking at the time, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, from the Metropolitan Police, said: “Officially we have looked at 203 offences but my guess would be you could probably double or treble that number.”
His victims were mostly women, although 10 were men, aged between 68 and 93. Many of them were in poor physical health and suffered from arthritis or mental issues.
The attacker would break into his victims’ homes, disconnect their electricity and phone lines before sexually assaulting or raping them.
His victims reported that he was unpredictable and frighteningly violent. His victims reported that he was either extremely violent or would gently kiss them. Sometimes he even left without ever assaulting them.
He spoke softly to his victims, almost whispering, before carrying out the brutal attacks.
ITV’s Manhunt: The Night Stalker continues tonight at 9pm.