Tuesday 20 March 2018

Blind victim urges others to seek help

Rod Minchin in Cornwall

A woman blinded in a vicious attack by her boyfriend has urged other victims of domestic abuse not to suffer in silence.

Tina Nash (31), pictured, spoke out as Shane Jenkin began a life sentence for the unprovoked assault in which he gouged out her eyes with his fingers.

The powerfully-built 33-year-old also throttled her until she became unconscious and broke her jaw and nose during the sadistic attack at her home in Hayle, Cornwall, in April last year.

Efforts to save her sight failed and she was left blind.

Ms Nash, who is the mother of two boys, spoke movingly of how her life had changed irreversibly but said others must not go through what she did.

"I urge anyone out there suffering domestic abuse to contact the police before it is too late," she said in a statement read on her behalf outside Truro Crown Court.

"Don't be frightened or embarrassed -- there are specially trained officers who can and will help you.

"If you really feel unable to contact the police, there are charities and support groups such as West Cornwall Women's Aid who will help, advise and support you in doing so."

Jenkin, of Sea Lane, Hayle, admitted a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent last month. He denied the more serious charge of attempted murder.

Irish Independent

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