Night Stalker rapist Delroy Grant talked cricket after his arrest
NIGHT STALKER Delroy Grant was casually talking about England's cricket team just hours after he was arrested.
The serial sex attacker had just been caught following a 17-year reign of terror against the elderly. But the father-of-eight was polite and spoke about the upcoming tour to South Africa when he was in custody in November 2009.
Grant was found guilty in March last year, of three rapes, one attempted rape, six indecent assaults, one sexual assault, 16 burglaries and two attempted burglaries, and jailed for life.
His attacks happened in places including Shirley, Addiscombe, Thornton Heath, South Croydon and Coulsdon, between October 1992 and November 2009.
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Former Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, the man who led the operation to capture Grant, was speaking on a television documentary called Evil Up Close: The Night Stalker.
He said: "I saw him in the charge room at Lewisham Police Station about an hour-and-a-half after he was arrested and I was introduced to him and he was very respectful and called me 'sir'.
"We ended up having a conversation about cricket and about England's chances in South Africa on the upcoming tour and whether they had enough fast bowlers. It was a conversation like you'd have in your local pub with your friend.
"I hope he's a one-off, I hope that's something that's not very common and we won't see again."
The documentary shown on the Sky's Crime and Investigation channel last Tuesday revealed his home in Brockley Mews, Brockley, remains boarded up.
During a high profile court case at Woolwich Crown Court, Grant had denied the charges against him.
His extraordinary defence was that ex-wife Janet Watson had stored samples of his semen and saliva for 15 years and then planted them on a string of burglary victims with the help of an unnamed male accomplice.
After his arrest he also tried to frame his son Delroy Grant Junior when he asked police whether they had considered him as a suspect.
Delroy Grant Junior said: "I was ready to do something to him but I couldn't get to him."
Describing Grant, neighbour Shereen Barrie said that his mask didn't slip.
She added: "I've never seen him in an argument.
"I definitely never saw him hit anybody.
"It's difficult to understand what kind of pressure he must have been under trying to be two different people.
"But he did it amazingly well because there's no way I can equate Delroy Grant with the Night Stalker."