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Hayle Man Jailed For Life Over Blinding Attack

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3:29pm 11th May 2012
(Updated 3:29pm 11th May 2012)

A Hayle man convicted over a savage attack which left a mum of two blind, is jailed for life.

Shane Jenkin pleaded guilty to GBH after assaulting Tina Nash last year.

She was imprisoned at her home for twelve hours.

Sentencing him at Truro Crown Court, a judge described the 33 year old as a "very dangerous man".

He will serve at least six years in prison, but a forensic psychiatrist commented he is "unlikely to be released for many, many years."

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC said that Jenkin had pleaded guilty to a truly terrible crime which had shocked the people of Cornwall and further afield.

"It involved extreme violence, perpetrated by a man upon a woman which has left Tina Nash permanently disabled. She has lost the precious gift of sight and never again will be able to see her family, friends or the beautiful coast and countryside of this county."

Following the hearing, his victim, Tina Nash, released the following statement:

“I have waited a year and three weeks for this day
 
“During this year my life has been in limbo as I have not been able to have the treatment and counselling I so desperately needed whilst Shane has had a team of experts, professionals and psychiatrists assessing and ensuring his well being and that he received the treatment that he required.
 
“Shane was not mentally ill when he attacked me, he was not drunk or under the influence of drugs. It was a silent prolonged attack. Shane knows what he did to me that night and he has to live with that for the rest of his life.
 
“My life changed forever that night and will never be the same but I am now able to move on, start my treatment and rebuild my life. I have a future and want to provide a future for my kids and be a good mum.
 
“I have been overwhelmed and moved by all the kind messages, offers of help and generous gifts I have received and would like to say thank you to everyone.
 
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Police, in particular Inspector Strickland, Sergeant Jones, DC Simcox and PC Turner.  My Barrister Mr Mcfarlane and My IDVA Anna Onslow.
 
“I urge anyone out there suffering Domestic Abuse to contact the Police before it is too  late.  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.”

3:29pm 11th May 2012

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