"The next thing I knew was a hand covering my mouth and nose.”
Victim, BBC News Online, 8 March 2011
The police are first alerted to Grant’s reign of terror, when in 1992 he breaks into a home in Shirley, Croydon. An 89-year-old woman is just settling down to sleep when a loud noise wakes her. Getting up, she heads to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. Once back in bed she suddenly sees Grant standing in her doorway. She asks “What are you doing here?”, but is told to be quiet. He rapes her twice, causing horrific injuries; he also steals money, a watch and her jewellery. The ordeal is terrifying, and lasts for hours, but crucially his DNA evidence is left behind.
His next offence occurs in 1998. Six years have elapsed and this time he subjects an 81-year-old woman to burglary, indecent assault and attempted rape. Another DNA sample is left at the scene allowing the two crimes to be linked. The hunt is now on for a predatory rapist, attacking the elderly.
In 1999 he strikes again in Beckenham, Coulsdon, Croydon, Kent and Orpington. He burgles six times, indecently assaults four times and rapes two elderly women. The burglaries and indecent assaults continue from 2002 to 2008. Many of his victims aged between their 70’s and 80’s, are blind, deaf or suffer from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He shows them no mercy.
In 2009 he breaks in to a Polish man’s house in Croydon that he’s robbed before. However, this time the 88 year-old man hasn’t gone to bed yet. Grant’s sadistic side emerges once more and he sexually assaults him. It’s believed that the assault is carried out to embarrass the man into not calling the police. Sadly this is an effective method of silencing the elderly, as it’s believed Grant has committed over 200 offences. The police hope his recent spate of burglaries will end in his capture. The media name him The Nightstalker.