Thug who blinded his lover fails in bid to be freed from jail

EXCLUSIVE: Thug who blinded his lover by gouging out her eyes as he told her ‘You’ll never see your kids again’ fails in bid to be freed from jail

  • Shane Jenkin, 42, blinded his girlfriend Tina Nash at her home in Cornwall in 2011
  • Jenkin had watched a DVD featuring eye gouging the night before the attack 
  • He was jailed for life in 2012 and has had four previous parole attempts rejected

A thug who caused a national outcry when he blinded his lover by gouging out her eyes has failed in a bid to be released from jail.

Sadistic Shane Jenkin, now 42, has been told he must stay in prison for at least another two years after the Parole Board decision.

It decided he was still too dangerous to be released after hearing evidence from his psychologist, a nurse and victim Tina Nash.

The mother-of-two, who was permanently blinded in the attack on April 20, 2011, gave a victim impact statement.

Jenkin was jailed for life in 2012 for permanently blinding his girlfriend at her house in Hayle, Cornwall.

Truro Crown Court heard he had watched a DVD featuring eye gouging the night before the attack.

Tina suffered horrific injuries in the ‘premeditated, sustained and vicious attack’.


Sadistic Shane Jenkin, now 42, has been told he must stay in prison for at least another two years after the Parole Board decision 

A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: ‘We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board refused the release of Shane Jenkins following an oral hearing at the end of May this year.

‘Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

‘A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.

‘Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead up to an oral hearing.

‘Evidence from witnesses such as probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements may be given at the hearing.

‘It is standard for the prisoner and witnesses to be questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more.

‘Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.

‘Under current legislation he will be eligible for a further review in due course. The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.’

The mother-of-two, who was permanently blinded in the attack on April 20, 2011, gave a victim impact statement

The parole hearing was heard in May and Jenkin has been advised of the decision. It was the fifth parole appeal he has had rejected.

He is currently held at a maximum security prison and has spent time in a psychiatric unit.

In a written summary of its decision, the Parole Board stated: ‘He had spent recent years in a regime designed and supported by psychologists to help people recognise and deal with their problems.

‘There were plans for him to move to a different regime which was also designed to help people recognise and deal with a wide range of complex problems.

‘The psychologist had completed an assessment on Mr Jenkin and presented the findings to the panel.

‘The psychologist, Mr Jenkin’s probation officer in the community and the official supervising his case in custody all recommended that he remain in prison.

‘None of them supported transfer to open conditions.’

It concluded: ‘The panel considered that Mr Jenkin was appropriately located in custody where outstanding levels of risk could be addressed.’

Jenkins subjected his ex-lover to a 12-hour attack in which he broke her jaw, throttled her until she was unconscious and blinded her by gouging out her eyes.

Tina suffered horrific injuries in the ‘premeditated, sustained and vicious attack’

Truro Crown Court heard in May 2012 that Jenkin attacked Miss Nash while she slept at her home.

Ignoring her desperate pleas to call an ambulance, Jenkin kept her imprisoned for 12 hours and throttled her into unconsciousness before blinding her.

She had several operations over four weeks of hospital treatment but surgeons could not save her eyes.

Miss Nash, then 32, told the court of her heartache at knowing she will never again see her two sons.

Losing her sight felt like being buried alive, she said.

The night before the appalling attack, Jenkin had watched a horror film with Miss Nash that featured a woman having her eyes gouged out.

Describing the assault, Judge Christopher Clarke said that Jenkin ‘repeatedly held her tightly around the neck and, as he continued to strangle her, she lost consciousness and from time to time she hallucinated’.

Jenkin had attacked Miss Nash before. Tina said she had thought she could change Jenkin’s violent behaviour but warned other victims of domestic violence to get out ‘before it is too late’.

Jenkin had also been repeatedly banned from his local pubs in Penzance for violence, and three months before he blinded Miss Nash he was reportedly charged with breaching bail following an assault charge.

Jenkins subjected his ex-lover to a 12-hour attack in which he broke her jaw, throttled her until she was unconscious and blinded her by gouging out her eyes

The 18-stone brute was jailed for life in a secure mental health unit and ordered to serve at least six years before being considered for release.

He immediately appealed against his sentence but the Court of Appeal rejected it.

His lawyers argued that the life sentence should be quashed to allow him to go free when his doctors are convinced he had beaten his mental illness.

But the judges ruled that Jenkin was dangerous with or without a mental illness.

Tina became a campaigner against domestic violence after her nightmare ordeal with Jenkin.

She wrote a book highlighting the scourge of abuse in the home and begged other victims to seek help and not stay silent.

She spoke movingly of her own experience and urged women to flee abusive relationships ‘before it is too late’.

Her book Out Of The Darkness describes how Jenkin beat her unconscious and poked out her eyes at her home, telling her: ‘You’re never going to see your kids again.’

The 12-hour attack happened as her sons aged 13 and three were sleeping in the same house.

She wrote: ‘I sat up and reached my hand to my face… and felt my eyeball hanging halfway down my cheek.

‘I touched my slippery eyeball, like I couldn’t believe it was real. My other eye was swollen to the size of a tennis ball.’

Tina told other victims: ‘It’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse.’

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