An obsessed stalker abseiled into a woman’s flat through the toilet skylight then tried to kill her.
Fatmir Stafasani, 49, bludgeoned his former friend Blerta Sulaj with a crowbar, stabbed her with a knife and then left her for dead.
He left her with five skull fractures, a fractured hand and fingers, and cuts to her hand but she managed to crawl to a neighbour’s flat and raise the alarm before falling unconscious.
She was taken to hospital and spent nine days in a coma.
Stafasani was jailed for 18 years today for attempted murder and aggravated burglary after the attack on Seagrave Road in Fulham in March.
Sulaj, who knew the man from their home country of Albania, was discharged from hospital but is still registered disabled and suffers lasting trauma from the attack.
Her attacker showed no emotion as he was sentenced today, and refused to explain his actions during the trial.
Prosecutor Michelle Fawcett told Southwark Crown Court: ‘She said that she believed he was obsessed with her, infatuated, and that he had threatened her previously that if she would not become his wife he would degrade her and claim, in fact, that they were married.’
Police found climbing gear including black webbing straps secured by a metal loop to pipework on the roof when they investigated, with Stafasani’s DNA on them.
Detective Inspector Damian Ash, the senior investigating officer, said: ‘This was a particularly heinous attack in the victim’s own home, which involved careful and premeditated planning by Stafasani.
‘He abseiled into her flat and lay in wait before carrying out a vicious attack and leaving her for dead.
‘We do not know the motive behind this attack. Fatmir Stafasani has remained silent throughout, and even now has shown no emotion.
‘I’d like to pay tribute to Detective Constable Alex Rum who worked tirelessly on the case, to the medical staff at St Mary’s Hospital who no doubt saved the victim’s life and most of all to the victim herself who showed great courage throughout this investigation.
‘The investigation team and I hope she can continue to make the best possible recovery.’