A 33-year-old man from Hayle has pleaded guilty to gouging out his girlfriend’s eyes in a vicious attack at her home last year.
Shane Jenkin, of Sea Lane, accepted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Truro Crown Court today.
He subjected his girlfriend, Tina Nash, 31, to a 12 hour assault in her home on April 20 last year which left the mother-of-two blind, with a fractured jaw and broken nose.
Ms Nash said that she is pleased Jenkin has pleaded guilty and taken responsibility for changing her life forever but added: “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.
“Sometimes I feel as though I’ve been buried alive, claustrophobic and not in control of my life.
“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.”
Appearing at court today, shaven-headed Jenkin, wearing a red top and black trousers, stared vacantly at Ms Nash as she entered the court room flanked by police officers.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of causing GBH with intent and is now due to be sentenced on May 11.
Following the hearing, lead officer on the case, Detective Inspector Chris 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.
“We would publicly like to thank the members of the public from Penzance and Hayle who helped us locate Jenkin when he fled following the attack. Their help was invaluable to our enquiry.”
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