I always use gloves, said rape suspect

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The taxi driver accused of being the “Night Stalker” rapist asked why police were bothering to take his fingerprints, telling an officer: “I always wear gloves”, a court heard yesterday.

Delroy Grant, 53, also tried to frame his own son when he was finally arrested on suspicion of preying on vulnerable elderly women and men for 17 years, a jury was told.

His fingerprints were never found at the scenes of a series of burglaries – many accompanied by sexual assaults – he allegedly carried out across south London, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

Grant refused to comment on the crimes when he was arrested but allegedly made an apparent admission when his details were being registered.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said a police officer told him he would ink his entire hand to ensure prints being taken at the police station were clear.

“To which the defendant replied, ‘I don’t know why you’re bothering, I always wear gloves.’”

Grant allegedly attempted to pin the blame for the burglaries and “humiliating and degrading sexual assaults” on his son while he was being held by police.

When an officer came to his cell to give him some deodorant, Grant appeared agitated and allegedly said: “I do not want to fit anyone up.”

Asked what he meant, he is said to have told the officer: “Have you thought about my son? Delroy Junior.”

The court heard that Grant added: “He lives in the right area and he is the same height as me.”

Grant was arrested early on November 15, 2009, after a police surveillance team watched him running away from the home of a wheelchair-bound 86-year-old widow in Shirley, Croydon, the court heard.

For an unknown reason he had abandoned his attempt to break into the elderly woman’s house, the jury was told.

The court also heard more details about Grant’s alleged campaign of carefully planned attacks against women and men in their 80s.

Grant, of Brockley Mews, Honor Oak, south-east London, denies 29 charges relating to burglaries, attempted burglaries, rapes and indecent assaults against 18 pensioners between October 1992 and November 2009.

The trial continues.