A stalker who used a climbing kit to abseil into a woman's apartment before repeatedly stabbing her and leaving her for dead has been jailed.
Fatmir Stafasani, 49, climbed in through a skylight, then lay in wait for the woman to return home before launching his "heinous and vicious" attack.
Stafasani had set up a makeshift climbing rig on the roof of the block in Fulham, west London, before he abseiled into the victim's flat through a skylight.
He waited for just over an hour for the victim to return before bludgeoning her with a crowbar, stabbing her with a knife and leaving her for dead.
The victim managed to crawl to a neighbouring flat and raise the alarm before falling unconscious.
She suffered five skull fractures, a fractured hand and fingers, with lacerations to her hand and spent nine days in a coma in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.
CCTV images showed Stafasani waiting in the hallway with a crowbar after he squeezed through the small window in the roof.
The victim was later discharged from hospital, but continues to suffer physical and emotional injury as a result of the attack. Police say nothing had been stolen from the house.
Stafasani was confirmed as the suspect as the victim recovered in hospital and his DNA was found at the scene. He was found guilty of attempted murder and aggravated burglary at Southwark Crown Court.
Throughout his trial he remained silent, even as he was jailed for a total of 18 years for attempted murder and 11 years in prison for aggravated burglary.
The judge also issued Stafasani, of Bermondsey, south east London, with an extended licence of four years as he was deemed a dangerous offender.