Monster who blinded girlfriend by gouging out her eyes as he said ‘You'll never see your kids again' fails in parole bid | The Sun

A MONSTER who gouged his girlfriend's eyes out while saying "You'll never see your kids again" will remain behind bars after being rejected parole for the fifth time.

Shane Jenkin, now 42, was jailed for life in 2012 after he blinded his girlfriend Tina Nash at her home in Hayle, Cornwall, the year prior.

And a recent Parole Board decision will mean he has to stay in prison for at least another two years.

The Board decided Jenkin was still too dangerous to be released after hearing evidence from his psychologist, a nurse, and Tina, his victim.

The mother-of-two, was left permanently blind after the 12-hour "premeditated, sustained and vicious attack" on April 20, 2011.

At Jenkin's trial in 2012, Tina, then 32, told the court of her heartache at knowing she will never see her two sons again.

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

Following the recent Parole Board hearing, a spokesperson said: "We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board refused the release of Shane Jenkin following an oral hearing at the end of May this year.

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"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."

The spokesperson said the Board had carefully examined a "huge range of evidence" and members digested "hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead-up to an oral hearing".

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

They added: "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."

Jenkin, who is currently held at a maximum security prison and has spent time in a psychiatric unit, has been advised of the Board's decision.

In a written summary of its decision, the Parole Board said a psychologist had completed an assessment on 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."

In 2012, Truro Crown Court heard how Jenkin had watched a horror film featuring eye gouging with Tina the night before the attack.

He started attacking his ex-lover while she slept, then subjected her to a 12-hour attack, where he broke her jaw, throttled her until she was unconscious, and blinded her by gouging out her eyes.

Her sons, then aged 13 and three, were sleeping in the same house at the time.

Tina had several operations during her four weeks of hospital treatment, but surgeons could not save her eyes.

This wasn't the first time Jenkin had attacked Tina, but she said she had thought she could change his violent behaviour.

However, she has since become a campaigner and warned other victims of domestic violence to get out "before it is too late".

She told them: "It's not going to get better, it's going to get worse."

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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