Night Stalker rapist Delroy Grant is eligible for parole after 25 years
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.
Delroy Grant, who was nicknamed the Night Stalker, committed over 100 assaults between 1992 and 2009.
He would attack elderly women who lived alone in a detached or semi-detached house or bungalow, making sure to disable the telephone and unscrew lightbulbs to make them even more vulnerable.
Police, who struggled to find Delroy due to a number of blunders, suggested the perpetrator was ashamed of his violent tendencies because he often went for long periods without committing a crime.
Finally, in 2009, police officers were able to catch the criminals with the help of DCI Sutton.
Grant was finally convicted in March 2011, and found guilty of 29 charges of burglary, indecent assault and rape.
Where is Night Stalker Delroy Grant now?
Delroy Grant is still alive, and is currently incarcerated at HMP Belmarsh in Thameshead.
This is a Category A male prison where some of the country's most notorious criminals are serving their sentences, including child killer Ian Huntley.
Grant was sentenced to four life sentences in 2011 by Judge Peter Rook, and was told to serve a minimum of 27 yers 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 did Night stalker have?
Delroy Grant was arrested on Sunday, November 15 2009.
The 52-year-old man was arrested for more than 100 sexual offences in the south London area.
However, police offers believed the actual number could be as many as 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 these were in poor health, and suffered from either mental health issues or arthritis.
The attacker would break into his victims’ homes, disconnect their electricity and phone lines before sexually assaulting or raping them.
According to accounts given by his victims, he was frighteningly unpredictable. He was known to either be incredibly violent, gently kiss victims, or sometimes would leave without assaulting them at all.
Before carrying out brutal attacks, he was known to speak softly to them, almost in a whisper.
Manhunt: The Night Stalker continues on ITV tonight at 9pm.
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