A CRIME scene cleaner has described the horrific sight that greeted him at the apartment where artist Alexandra Trotsenko was attacked with a machete.
Alexandra had her fingers hacked off and was left for dead at her Dublin home.
John Glynn, an industrial cleaning specialist, described the blood-soaked scene as one of the worst he had come across in his years in the business.
He said signs of the attack was "evident all over the apartment", adding that it was "plain to see" the brave struggle Alexandra (39) had put up.
The Russian native was in her Finglas apartment when she was left for dead by intruder James Kenny in 2009.
Blood marks could be seen throughout the hallway of her home and also in the bedroom where the attack continued. Bloody hand and footprints were visible throughout the bedroom.
Celebrities and sports stars are now coming to the aid of Alexandra, including Joe Duffy, Ryan Tubridy, and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan.
They have all donated artworks for an auction organised to help her as she has been unable to work since she lost three fingers in the attack.
Alexandra had worked as an illustrator of children's books, but her horrific injuries put a halt to that. Prosthetic fingers will cost more than €10,000, but she can't afford the bill.
However, celebrities and many fellow artists have now rushed to her aid, donating items for the Art For Alexandra auction this month.
Alexandra, who is married to an Irishman, told the Herald she was determined to rebuild her life after attacker Kenny, of Prospect Hill, Finglas, was jailed for 16 years this week.
"I had a hole in my nose, he had stabbed into the back of my neck near my spine, my teeth were broken, my lip was hanging down and I had stab wounds in my cheek and arms. I couldn't even talk because my throat was filling with blood. I could only see shadows because my eyes were full of blood," Alexandra recalled.
The Art For Alexandra auction will take place in Adam's Auction House, Blackrock, Co Dublin, on November 27.
Donations can also be made to the Bank of Ireland Liveline account at the Montrose branch -- account number 70546818, sort code 90-13-51.