Local man arrested and charged in 'Nightstalker' case [updated]

Sky News has identified the man arrested in connection with more than 100 attacks against older people, dating back to the 1990s. The serial attacker became known as the Nightstalker and a man has now been arrested and charged in connection with the case [please note, there is some suggestion that the man in question actually lives over the border in Southwark]:


Sky News understands he is Delroy Grant, from Brockley, south-east London...

He was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning following a pre-planned operation, the spokesman added.

Sky News understands the man was approached by police as he returned to a car in London's south-east.

Sources have also told Sky the suspect in custody had been questioned before "many years ago" over the attacks and eliminated from the investigation.

The Sun adds that:

For almost two decades the Night Stalker has preyed on the capital's elderly - breaking into homes in Dulwich, Orpington, Norwood, Downham, Lee, West Wickham, Bickley and Shirley.

Neighbours in Brockley, South East London - where Grant lives with his wife and sons Jason, 20, and Louis, 11 - were stunned at his arrest last night.

They described him as a "devoted" husband to Jehovah's Witness Jennifer - a former classroom assistant who for the past four years has been wheelchair-bound with multiple sclerosis.

The Telegraph now reports that:

The 52-year-old father was remanded in police custody after a brief hearing at Greenwich magistrates court. He is facing 22 charges including five rapes, six indecent assaults and 11 burglaries since 1992.

Given the sensitive nature of this case, please comment responsibly - we will moderate this thread closely. Thank you.

92 comments:

Anonymous said...

Er, well I guess there's no such thing as bad publicity...

Anonymous said...

Where in Brockley does he live?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Brockley Mews from Sky News pictures.Always seemed probable he lived around here given ocation of crimes.

Anonymous said...

Ive always said,Never trust a Jehovah's witness,Oh I wish capital punishment was back

Anonymous said...

So Crofton Park, then.

Anonymous said...

That's more Honor Oak Park than Crofton Park - it's the other side of the railway tracks.

Monkeyboy said...

...and there off. The reactionary element are ahead by as nose.

Anonymous said...

I could ennumerate your spelling and punctuation errors, Monkeyboy, but instead I will say that I have just spotted a rainbow over Brockley. Aaaaah.

Tressilliana said...

Ennumerate? There must be some internet law that says that anyone who has a go at another person's spelling and grammar is bound to make a mistake of their own.

Brockley Mews is in SE4 and within the London Borough of Lewisham. That makes it Brockley as far as I'm concerned.

I might add that that remark about Jehovah's Witnesses is just plain stupid. I don't like their habit of knocking on people's doors either, I'm baffled by their refusal to have blood transfusions etc etc but I can't see why any of that should make them untrustworthy. I have a colleague who is a JW and she is one of the most decent and trustworthy people I've ever met.

Anonymous said...

Ooops - it's a fair cop. Thought ennumerate looked wrong, but had to dash off to answer the phone. Maybe MB has a similar excuse.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I thought that side of honor oak was in the borough of southwark?

Anonymous said...

Ooh, on BBC - "Live: Brockley".

Brockley Kate said...

If anyone sees any bemused national news journalists wandering around the place, please do mention to them what a wonderful local news site we have :)

slayerofevil said...

Jeez does It really matter which part of Brockley this Scumbag lived.

Tressilliana said...

Slayerofevil, he's innocent until proven guilty.

Anon 10.08 - quite right, Brockley Mews is in Southwark (just). You learn something every day.

Danja said...

They've charged him already, so not wasting much time on interviews.

Matt-Z said...

That's twice in two months Brockley has made the national news for bad things (the previous being the Malpas Road arrest over the suitcase murder in Kent). We need some good news to make the headlines for a change.

Anonymous said...

Main article on BBC now - we are on the map people!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8361718.stm

Tressilliana said...

Honeytrap case too, plus dead man found on 171 by Brockley Cemetery (although it was pure chance that he was found in Brockley - he'd died of natural causes on the other side of London and nobody noticed a dead body on the bus for many hours afterwards).

Anonymous said...

Quite a catalogue - I'm fairly bursting with pride.

slayerofevil said...

No bail application,forensics searching the house,I think he Is more than just a suspect,Although your right Tressilliana,but me thinks he may be a little bit guilty.

I cant believe people are arguing about which part he came from,dear oh dear.

Anonymous said...

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2731262/Night-stalker-rapist-charged.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1228061/Married-father-seven-appears-court-Night-Stalker-rapes-London.html

Monkeyboy said...

I have an old boot if someone want to put a small Kitten in it? we could dress it in a
"I HEART BROCKLEY" T-shirt. That would be a cute BC story?

As for cracks at my English, that's just cultural imperialism oppressing my free expresion. Or something.

And the JW comment, I'm the worlds biggest atheiest but not sure your choice sky god belief system has to do with being a nutta!

Anonymous said...

It seems the police have been tracking him over the past 4 months - he has been prolific in this period and the police decided to keep the news from the media. He was actually caught 'heading back' to his car in Shirley, Croydon - scene of many of the incidents

Anonymous said...

In an unrelated case I was reading that a Catford man was arrested in connection with a suspected murder.

In recent times Catford has had a number of murders and it got me wondering is it something about the area or the type of people living there?

What produces these little clusters of crime?

Anonymous said...

what happened to the typography on that story? Is it just my browser or what??

Anonymous said...

BC writers tend to bungle the fonts when they slap stories up in a hurry.

Brockley Nick said...

Cutting and pasting quotes from other news sources sometimes buggers blogger. Sometimes not.

Anonymous said...

Are Catford trying to better us ?

Anonymous said...

I think New Cross beats all of the other Lewisham wards in terms of homepage coverage on the BBC news website.

Anonymous said...

Oh god, and then some.

The 'Artisan Bun' crowd of Brockley must love it though - their own little Miss Marple story!

Could bring out a range of books on the theme, "Brockley Honeypot Mysteries"...

Deptford dame said...

I do hope slayerofevil is never called on for jury service.

Tressilliana said...

Hardly Miss Marple. The dozens of violent attacks and murders reported week in, week out in the News Shopper and the South London Press is very depressing reading. Makes me long for my parents' local paper which reports every single crime reported to the local police each week - in a couple of paragraphs. It's a big news week there if the fire engine gets called out.

Anonymous said...

In Bury St Edmunds the local paper still reports shed break ins but they also carry detailed reports of magistrates cases including addresses so you can find out who has been done for a bit of dope or urinating in a public place. It is better than Friends Reunited in terms of seeing what people you were at school with have ended up doing.

if this is the bloke who did these terrible crimes it is a great relief to me as I have several elderly ladies I care about in CP and HOP!

monkeyboy on a train said...

i used to live in the next road to dennis neilson, is it my malign influence?

Anonymous said...

The main question is this: how did he get away with it for so long? It's a bit strange in my opinion how he could carry on like this for 20 years.

Anonymous said...

One of his neighbours:

"He was a genuinely nice person."

I wondered how long it would be before someone said that.

Anonymous said...

does any one know if delroy grant worked at crofton school in the leisure center his name sounds very familier

Headhunter said...

Is it just me or is the standard Brockley Central font slipping slightly these days? Both this and the last article are a mish mash of Arial and other fonts. Come on - can't let standards slip now, just as fame beckons...

Anonymous said...

And if someone does notice it, don't just acknowledge it and not change it...!

Lou Baker said...

Our streets are crumbling our infrastructure is crap and we're below average when it comes to education, health, wealth and just about everything else.

But rejoice. SE London has the best criminals. Rarely is there a dreg of society that doesn't have some connection or other with this part of town.

Everything is shit, said...

Lou, do you keep a detailed breakdown of said dregs on which to base your theories? I expect you'll link this to train timetables in someway.

I understand the Mail are looking for columnists to scare the bejesus out of the intellectually lukewarm.

Anonymous said...

I'm no criminologist but I suspect that a lot of murderous individuals say please and thank you, lend you their hedge trimmers to their neighbours and generally DO NOT go round foaming at the mouth covered in blood. Only have to look at how many charming abusers have got away with horrific acts for years to prove that.

And lets not get all Daily Star and convict him until the case has been heard. Trial by blog, can you imagine it?

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same im sure its delroy from the leisure center.Cant belive it.

Anonymous said...

What does Delroy (be it the same or another) do at the leisure centre?

Anonymous said...

He helped out there seemed a really nice guy.

Anonymous said...

Is it important what he did at the leisure centre? presumably he's been arrested and charged for allegedly doing something unacceptable away from work? The bloke in Ipswich wasn't put away for life for driving lorries.

Anonymous said...

The report on this site said he is a "husband to a Jehovah's Witness". The less able journalists and others who prefer a storyline over facts should hold fire until confirming he is indeed a Jehovah's Witness. It may be that his wife or a relative is a Witness, which doesn't necessarily make him one. Journalists are usually quick to mention it if a crime is alleged against a Jehovah's Witness, whereas most alleged criminals are not described according to their religion. Although a high proportion of people in jail will have been baptised into some faith, their religion isn't normally reported as a tag for the person. They do it for Witnesses because it's news! As far as I'm aware Jehovah's Witnesses only extremely rarely commit serious crimes.

Lou Baker said...

Sounds like there will be plenty of Witnesses at his trial. Jehovah's and otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone on here know the NightStalker?

Anonymous said...

The people at the Leisure Centre were probably too young.

Anonymous said...

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2733329/Night-Stalker-attacked-me-when-I-was-in-labour-says-suspects-ex-wife.html

Clare said...

Anonymous "he was a really nice person" - so was Dr Shipman apparently...

Brockley Kate said...

Please note that legal proceedings in this case are active and therefore commenters should be very careful what they say. We will delete comments if they go much further along the 'presumption of guilt' line.

Anonymous said...

Headline in The Sun.

I WAS ATTACKED BY NIGHTSTALKER WHILE I WAS IN LABOUR.

Advice to all women.

Vote conservative.

Anonymous said...

I, like many others, was shocked to read that this guy lives on my doorstep, but what saddens me most is the fact that the papers have named his children. I note he has an 11 year old and a 20 year old still living at home who will obviously be well known in the community (everyone knows everyone in Brockley). Right now they will be having to come to terms with the fact that they were living with a stranger, a monster who they called dad but I doubt there will be much pubic sympathy for them or their mother!!

Anonymous said...

so anyway, he's been charged and is innocent until proven guilty. Why is a thousand years of legal principle so hard for people to understand? The state has to demonstrate guilt, ask Colin Stagg.

Anonymous said...

"everyone knows everyone in Brockley" no they don't, not even close. Why on earth should they? it's not a small village in norfolk where we sell pigs to each other and marry our cousins.

The Oracle said...

The presumption of innocence is a judicial guideline... for a jury.

The Police do not (nor should they) operate on such a 'presumption'. (The reason why a suspect is kept in prison until the trial, surely?)

The CPS also rules on evidence presented by the police (gathered 'on the presumption of guilt') that there is a case to answer (due to the available 'evidence').

Members of a community since time immemorial have expressed their opinions. The problem is, in the Internet age, this may influence a jury. (But no more so than any newspaper reporting on 'DNA matches'.)

Anonymous said...

That is all very well, but those journalist types are far less circumspect.

Anonymous said...

If the DNA from the crime scene matches the suspect's DNA, it's almost impossible to think of any defence the suspect could use at trial.

Anonymous said...

you can challenge the collection method, the competence of the lab etc. . . Thats why you have a trial, to test the evidence. The birmingham six were put away on some bad science.

bryan said...

Here am I back from 10 months in Peru, and all you witter on about or is it twitter about some stalker who may or may not be innocent. You should get over to Peru and see some of the damage caused by the white middle classes here and in Europe and America. Peru is fast becoming another narco state like Colombia and Mexico, violence, misery, poverty, corruption, and eco damage on a large scale because of cocaine production. UN figures along with Interpol figures say that the biggest users of cocaine are the white middle classes in the developed world, so any users reading this think on, there is a trail of blood at the end of each line of coke.
Zeus

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bryan. I was completely unaware of the evils of the cocaine trade until you got here and will get myself over to Peru ASAP to take a closer look.
They are probably missing a patronising westerner now you're back.

bryan said...

Sorry anonymous, but I am not a patronising westerner, I work for UNICEF, a very hard and heartbreaking job, I care little anymore about what adults do to each other, but care very much for the misery they inflict on children.Drug production and it's trade, cause unbelievalble poverty and misery and suffering to the children in narco states. It is about time self centered adults in the west stopped thinking about how cool it is to take cocaine.

Tressilliana said...

I'm sure you're right, Bryan, and I applaud the work you do, but this thread is about the misery that an adult, allegedly the one named in the article, has inflicted on many frail and defenceless older people over a very long period. As far as we know it has nothing whatsoever to do with cocaine, so your comments don't seem all the pertinent to the matter in hand.

Anonymous said...

Why are you telling us this? I don't take cocaine and you've no evidence anybody else on this thread does either but you appear to be lumping everyone here into one 'middle class drug using' group and accusing us of inflicting misery on children.
It's hugely offensive and insulting.

Megs said...

Yeah Bryan I agree, but all this talk of gak has made my nose twitch. So I've got 2 grams on the way over now. Come round I'm sure once you've hoovered these up with me the plight of the poor children won't seem as important.

drakefell debaser said...

Zeus / Bryan?

Are you the same zeus that gave us the chicken riddles maybe 10 or so months back?

Zeus is back etc...

Anonymous said...

Yes Drakefell Zeus is Bryan- bryan is Zeus.

Anonymous said...

Hey, someone's removed one of my previous comments. It had a link to a page which shows the two photofits that have been issued for the NightStalker. I think they're quite shocking because the first one shows a black man and the second a white man, but the written description always said he was black. Why did they change the photofit? Search for it on the net if you want to find the two photofits. I won't put the link on again.

Anonymous said...

I think the white man was "race unspecified" rather than "not black"

Anonymous said...

Isn't it time for closure on this sorry event. Must be more positive things in Brock to debate.

anon

Anonymous said...

Is it true that offenders of this kind tend to operate in a radius of about 5 miles from their home? Closer is too risky and further away is too unfamiliar to them?

The distance from Brockley Mews to Shirley is exactly 5 miles according to Google Maps Distance Calculator.

Anonymous said...

I'm with anon @ 20:04 He's a suspect, he's been arrested and charged. Happens to have lived in Brockley, so what? About as relevent as his shoe size.

spiritualbrother said...

Such a sad case.

Anonymous said...

Scary for people living in the immediate area to know the alleged suspect may have been living under their noses for the last 20 years.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, you wouldn't live in London if you were against the idea of rapists, murderers and burglars living nearby.

Anonymous said...

. . . Or bankers

The Oracle said...

"I think they're quite shocking because the first one shows a black man and the second a white man, but the written description always said he was black. Why did they change the photofit"

Don't know why you should find this so shocking...

The first photofit may have shown a 'black man' - based on witness (racial profiling) perception. (Note 'perception' can differ where colour is concerned.)

The second photfit may have been based on a more informed ('racial')view of what actually constitutes a black man; mixed race, touched with the tar brush, deep tan, etc.

That 'they' changed the photofit may have been due to a more astute officer not following the racial categorisation set down by the (often) traumatised witnesses. Even cops have to ammend their views in order to coller the crim. (No pun intended.)

What is more interesting is the fact that any person carrying out such crimes will have some 'previous'.

No DNA was found in either GB or the Windward Islands. I suspect that Scotland Yard should have spread the net - consulted the databases, not in Jamaica, but elsewhere - and in the years before DNA was compiled. (Too much reliance on DNA leads to lazy coppering.)

The person who carried out these offences will have a charge sheet elsewhere, fingerprints, etc (but not DNA as it was not then profiled back then), and for crimes of (possibly) stalking against a female in another racial group and (possibly) violence towards men in that same racial category.

Monkeyboy said...

I do love this pseudo CSI sleuthing.....try saying that after 4 pints.

Anonymous said...

The person in the second photofit looks either white/mediterranean or mixed race 80-90% white and 10-20% black whereas the original one is 100% black. That seems like a bit of a leap to make in one go. I think it may be embarrassing for the police if and when a photo of the alleged suspect is released if it closely matches the original photofit.

Vicky said...

if you noticed his wife was a Jehovah's Witness not him, she is also very sick, but don't trust Jehovah's Witnesses of course if the world ever goes to war against you or your race it wont be a Jehovah's Witness that kills you since they truly although not perfect, refuse to kill for any reason.

drakefell debaser said...

if the world ever goes to war against you or your race

Blimey, the whole world against one race or person!

Did you pick that gem up from reading the watchtower?

Anonymous said...

Ive read the Watchtower from front to back,Does this mean Ive read,All Along the Watchtower.

Anonymous said...

Only 4 pints to get you non compes mentis Monkeyboy. Wish I could get off my face so cheaply.

Monkeyboy said...

It's a function of an already compromised intelect.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain this: if you type Honor Oak Crematorium into Google Maps it comes up with two addresses. One is Cemetery Lodge, Brenchley Gardens (which I think is the correct address). The other address that comes up is 19 Brockley Mews.

Is this some kind of snide joke? I wonder how long this has been coming up on Google Maps. I hope it wasn't before the arrest last Sunday?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Anonymous said...

He isn't a JW, his wife who is in a wheel chair is!

Charlie said...

Trust Sky to get it wrong, the accused http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/03/delroy-grant-17-year-rape-charges is from Honor Oak not Brockley! This caused me no end of trouble when I was trying rent out one of the flats to a woman looking for home for elderly mother.

Aks said...

I used to play squash at Crofton Leisure centre. And I used to play against Delroy who used to work their as a attendant. It was some 25 years ago and I'm not sure if it's him as I havnt seen him for 25 years. But that Delroy was a nice guy.

curious said...

what happened to his sick wife?

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