Delroy Grant convicted

24 March 2011

Delroy Grant

Today, 24 March, a 53-year-old man who terrorised the elderly in a 17-year long campaign of burglary and sexual assault, was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 25 March.

"I take this opportunity to pay tribute to his victims and recognise the traumatic experiences they have been through. They have shown immense courage and dignity throughout the investigation despite having suffered such terrifying ordeals."

Delroy Grant, of Brockley Mews, Brockley SE4 was charged with 29 counts, which included rape, burglary and indecent assault.

Speaking outside court, Commander Simon Foy said: “Today has seen Delroy Grant brought to justice for the terrible crimes that he committed.

“Firstly though I take this opportunity to pay tribute to his victims and recognise the traumatic experiences they have been through. They have shown immense courage and dignity throughout the investigation despite having suffered such terrifying ordeals.

“Part of Grant's method was to prey upon the elderly and take advantage of their frailty and the fact that they would often be too terrified to contact police or indeed even talk about what had happened to them. His victims have worked with us, shared what must have been distressing information with us, and helped us to build up a picture of Grant over many years.

“Grant is a perverted callous and violent individual - he is a sexual predator, he is a rapist, he is a night time burglar who preyed on the most vulnerable section of our society. He has said nothing to us about his offending and has not as far as we know shown any sign of remorse for what he has done.

“The MPS has never given up in its efforts to try and find Grant.

“Since 1998 this has been a continuous and long lasting investigation - undertaken by the specialist crime command. It has however been very much a team effort by the MPS and I know from my personal observation and experience that every officer who was involved in the hunt for this man shared an absolute determination to catch him.

“In reacting to what was an escalation of his offending behaviour in the early part of 2009, the Commissioner was very clear in authorising what was a step change in the level of investigation required - and from which he was ultimately arrested.

“In 1999 there was an opportunity to have identified and apprehended Grant but that opportunity was unfortunately missed. When this came to light, after his arrest, we voluntarily referred the matter to the IPCC. The IPCC has completed its report and has recommended that the MPS gives words of advice to officers involved and this has now been done.

“It is appropriate for the MPS to apologise now for this missed opportunity that led to his continued offending for so long afterwards. We are deeply sorry for the harm suffered by all those other victims and for our failure to bring Grant to justice earlier.

“Again I would like to pay tribute to the courage of Delroy Grant's victims, some of whom I have met this morning and some of whom sadly are not alive today to see him convicted, and to hope that they and their families will feel a sense of relief that he has been caught and brought to justice.”

The jury found Grant guilty of the following 29 counts.

Count 1
Burglary between the 10 and 13 day of October 1992, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Shirley, Croydon stole therein a sum of money, a watch and jewellery

Count 2
Rape between the 10 and 13 day of October 1992 had sexual intercourse with ‘A’ who at the time of the said intercourse did not consent to it, the said Delroy Grant knowing that the said ‘A’ did not so consent or being reckless as to whether she consented.

Count 3
Burglary between the 3 and 6 day of September 1998, entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Warlingham, Surrey with intent to steal therein.

Count 4
Indecent assault between the 3 and 6 day of September 1998, indecently assaulted ‘B’ a woman.

Count 5
Attempted rape between the 3 and 6 day of September 1998 attempted to rape ‘B’.

Count 6
Burglary between the 18 and 21 day of June 1999, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Beckenham, Kent stole therein a sum of money and jewellery.

Count 7
Attempted burglary between the 30 June 1999 and the 1 August 1999 attempted to burgle a dwelling in Orpington.

Count 8
Burglary between the 2 and 5 day of July 1999, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Coulsdon, Surrey stole therein a sum of money.

Count 9
Indecent assault between the 2 and 5 day of July 1999, indecently assaulted ‘E’.

Count 10
Burglary between the 10 and 13 day of July 1999, entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Addiscombe, Surrey and stole therein a sum of money.

Count 11
Indecent assault between the 10 and 13 day of July 1999, indecently assaulted ‘F’, a woman.

Count 12
Burglary between the 27 and 30 day of July 1999, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Addiscombe, Kent stole therein a sum of money and a pension book.

Count 13
Rape between the 27 and 30 day of July 1999 had sexual intercourse with ‘G’ who at the time of the said intercourse did not consent to it, the said Delroy Grant knowing that the said ‘G’ did not so consent or being reckless as to whether she consented.

Count 14
Burglary between the 2 and the 5 day of August 1999, entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Croydon, Surrey with intent to steal therein.

Count 15
Indecent assault between the 2 and the 5 day of August 1999, indecently assaulted ‘H’, a woman.

Count 16
Burglary between the 4 and the 7 day of August 1999, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Orpington, Kent stole therein a purse and a sum of money.

Count 17
Indecent assault between the 4 and the 7 day of August 1999, indecently assaulted ‘I’, a woman.

Count 18
Rape between the 4 and the 7 day of August 1999 had sexual intercourse with ‘I’ who at the time of the said intercourse did not consent to it, the said Delroy Grant knowing that the said ‘I’ did not so consent or being reckless as to whether she consented.

Count 19
Burglary between the 11 and the 14 day of October 2002, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Shirley, Kent stole therein a sum of money.

Count 20
Indecent assault between the 11 and the 14 day of October 2002, indecently assaulted ‘J’ a woman.

Count 21
Burglary between the 6 and the 9 day of March 2003, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Kent stole therein a sum of money and jewellery.

Count 22
Burglary between the 6 and the 9 day of September 2004, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Bromley, Kent stole therein a sum of money.

Count 23
Burglary between the 24 and the 26 day of May 2009, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Bromley, Kent stole therein a sum of money.

Count 24
Burglary between the 4 and 7 day of June 2009, entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in South Croydon with intent to steal therein.

Count 25
Burglary between the 11 and 14 day of August 2009, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Thornton Heath, Surrey stole therein a sum of money and a Barclaycard Visa card.

Count 26
Sexual assault between the 11 and the 14 day of August 2009, intentionally touched ‘O’.

Count 27
Burglary between the 16 and the 19 day of October 2009, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Forest Hill, London stole therein a Barclays Bank debit card.

Count 28
Burglary between the 27 and the 30 day of October 2009, having entered as a trespasser a building, being a dwelling in Croydon stole therein a handbag and contents.

Count 29
Attempted burglary, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981. Between the 14 and the 17 day of November 2009 attempted to burgle a dwelling in Croydon.