In what was an horrific attack 33-year-old Shane Jenkin inflicted terrible wounds on 31-year-old Tina Nash. Mother of two Tina was the victim of a sustained attack. Jenkin gouged both her eyes out, broke her jaw and nose, and tried to strangle her. The attack lasted for 12 hours.
Tina and Shane were a couple prior to the attack. On April 21, 2011 the pair had spent an evening out drinking. Tina went to bed but was woken by a violent attack by Shane.
Police believe that his attempt to strangle her was so that she would lose consciousness. A statement by police said the attack was, "premeditated, sustained and vicious attack on a defenceless woman".
When Tina lost conciousness her worst injuries were inflicted. Tina does however believe that he was trying to kill her. She was kept a prisoner in her home for the next 12 hours by Jenkin. This delayed medical treatment. Surgeons tried to save her eyesight but failed.
Today at Truro Crown Court, Cornwall, Jenkins pleaded guilty to a charge of GBH, grievous bodily harm. He will be sentenced in May, 2012. In true coward's style Jenkin fled the scene of the crime but was located with the help of local people.
Tina has spoken of her injuries telling the media, "I am pleased that Jenkin has today pleaded guilty and has at least taken responsibility for changing my life forever."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. "Sometimes I feel as though I've been buried alive, claustrophobic and not in control of my life.
"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."Some days I just don't want to get up but I'm determined to provide a future for my children and this is my motivation. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends and family for their amazing support which has helped me to cope with what has happened to me."
Detective Inspector Strickland said, "This was a premeditated, sustained and vicious attack on a defenceless woman."Our view is that Jenkin deliberately strangled Tina into a state of unconsciousness in order that he could inflict these terrible injuries. Tina's life will never be the same and her lifelong disability will be a constant reminder of the attack. "Her injuries were so shocking that, friends who saw her soon after the incident, found it difficult to stay in the room. "Tina has displayed incredible strength however and has shown great desire to be able to care for her two children despite not being able to see them as they grow up.
Opinion: What a brute! The fact that he could do this to a partner is beyond belief. To do it to a total stranger would be hard to believe but a person you have loved? The fact that he has been charged with GBH and not attempted murder should not open the door to a lesser sentence. This man had a record of domestic violence. He should not be allowed his freedom for a very long time, if ever. In many ways he has killed Tina. He must pay the price.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog