Monday 9 December 2019

Man jailed indefinitely for gouging our girlfriend's eyes

Tina Nash speaking about the attack during an interview with the BBC
Tina Nash speaking about the attack during an interview with the BBC

A MAN who blinded his girlfriend with his fingers during a savage attack was jailed indefinitely today.

Powerfully-built Shane Jenkin, 33, gouged out the eyes of Tina Nash during a vicious assault in which he also throttled her unconscious and broke her jaw and nose.

Efforts to save the sight in one of 31-year-old's eyes failed and she was left completely blind.

Jenkin admitted a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent last month.

He denied the more serious charge of attempted murder.

At Truro Crown Court today, he was handed an indeterminate sentence for public protection by Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC for the sadistic attack at his partner's home in April last year.

The minimum term was fixed for six years and the judge also made a "hybrid order" that Jenkin should be detained at a secure psychiatric hospital.

Ms Nash sat in the public gallery but Jenkin refused to attend court.

As Ms Nash spoke movingly last month of how 6ft 4in Jenkin had wrecked her life, details of his explosive, unpredictable temper emerged.

He was banned from Penzance pubs for five years after attacking a policeman in early 2010.

The mother of two, whose children were aged 13 and three at the time of the attack, said she was glad Jenkin had "at least taken responsibility for changing my life forever".

She said: "I truly feel that, when he was strangling me, he was trying to murder me.

"He has taken everything from me and robbed me of one of the most precious things in life - my sight.

"I miss the things which people take for granted the most, such as seeing the sky and the sea."

People who knew him painted a terrifying portrait of a thug who would attack fellow drinkers with no warning.

Jenkin was banned several times from pubs in Penzance for violence, but was hit with a five-year ban in March 2010 for attacking a policeman, pubwatch chairman Helen Cadman said.

One barman, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "What he did to Tina he tried to do to other people - I know someone else he had a fight with and tried to do that to him but he was 6ft 4in and could defend himself.

"He could just turn and go from being nice and polite and jovial then bang, it was like flicking a switch.

"I saw it on several occasions. I have seen him talking to people, having a laugh, to stamping on them on the floor."

Another man said he had thrown Jenkin out of pubs in the last 10 years and believed he was not a "full ticket".

Ms Nash said she was left feeling "buried alive, claustrophobic and not in control of my life" by the assault.

"I actually look forward to going to sleep because in my dreams I have sight. It's when I wake up that the truth hits home," she said.

Earlier today she spoke movingly on the BBC of her ordeal just before the sentence was handed down.

"I feel stronger, a lot stronger," she said.

"I was in a dark place back then. I don't feel as low as I did then. I just thought I cannot do this any more. I have to get on with my life.

"I am surviving. I am getting on with it. You only get one life and I am not going to let him ruin it."

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