Hayle, England - A British man received a life sentence for an attack during which he gouged out the eyeballs of his then-girlfriend – a mother-of-two. The man did not allow the woman to call for help for 12 hours after inflicting the injuries. She is now blind.
Shane Jenkin, 33, of Hayle in Cornwall, reportedly attacked Tina Nash, 32, while she slept at her home in April 2011. Nash, 31, testified that she awoke to find Jenkin on top of her and strangling her. She lost consciousness as a result. During the attack – in addition to her eyes being gouged out – Jenkin broke her jaw and nose.
The court was told that Jenkin then waited 12 hours before allowing Nash to call for help.
Nash testified that after attacking her – during those 12 short hours that she remained blinded, broken, and bloodied, of course – Jenkin told her, “It’s all your fault. I’m going to get 20 years for this. You’re blind and your kids grow up. It’s all your fault.”
A surprise attack? Not exactly… The six-foot-four Jenkin had, in fact, attacked Nash nine other times in the year before the attack. Nash – the mother of a 4- and 14-year-old – acknowledged that she had helped in his release from jail for previous offenses.
“I’ve done so much for him and this is how he’s repaid me,” Nash said.
Jenkin was told he would serve an ’indeterminate’ amount of time after admitting a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent - a sentence described in the British press as an equivalent to life. If I sound at all disappointed, it is only because I was looking for the British equivalent of death here. To even further punctuate the sentence with civility, the time will reportedly be served in a mental hospital.
Nash described herself now in an interview by saying, “I don’t think I’m brave, I think I’m surviving… you only get one life, so I’m not going to let him ruin it.”
She also appealed to other women in similar situations, saying “Get out before it’s too late. ” Nash then added, “It isn’t going to get better, it’s only going to get worse.”
…and there’s today’s hard-earned lesson for you.Tags: Assault, England, eye gouging, Shane Jenkin, Tina Nash