A thug who blinded his lover by gouging out his eyes fails in his bid to be freed from prison

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

Sadist Shane Jenkin, now 42, has been told he must remain in prison for at least two years after the parole board’s decision.

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

The mother-of-two, who lost her sight permanently in the April 20, 2011 attack, has provided a victim impact statement.

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

Truro Crown Court heard he had watched a DVD showing eyes gouged out the night before the attack.

Tina suffered horrific injuries in the “premeditated, sustained and vicious attack”.

He decided he was still too dangerous to be released after hearing testimony from his psychologist, nurse and victim Tina Nash (above)

Sadist Shane Jenkin, now 42, has been told he must stay in prison for at least two years after the parole board decision

A parole board spokesperson 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 focus solely on the risk a prisoner might pose to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

“A panel will carefully consider a wide range of evidence, including details of the original crime and any evidence of behavior change, as well as explore the harm caused and the impact of the crime on victims.

“Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports before an oral hearing.

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

“It is normal for the prisoner and the witnesses to be questioned at length during the hearing, which often lasts a whole day or more.

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

“Under current law, he will be eligible for re-examination 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 April 20, 2011 attack, has issued a victim impact statement

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

The parole hearing took place in May and Jenkin was informed of the decision. It was the fifth parole appeal he had rejected.

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

In a written summary of his decision, the parole board said: ‘He had spent the past few years on a diet designed and supported by psychologists to help people recognize and deal with their problems.

“He was expected to switch to a different regimen which was also designed to help people recognize and treat a wide range of complex issues.

“The psychologist conducted an assessment of Mr. Jenkin and presented the findings to the panel.

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

“None of them supported the move to open terms.”

It concluded: ‘The panel found that Mr Jenkin was properly placed in custody where the exceptional levels of risk could be dealt with.’

Jenkins subjected her ex-lover to a 12-hour attack during which he broke her jaw, choked her unconscious and blinded her by gouging out her eyes.

Tina suffered horrific injuries during

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

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

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

She underwent several operations in four weeks of treatment in hospital, but surgeons were unable to save her eyes.

Miss Nash, then 32, told the court her heartbreak knowing she would never see her two sons again.

Losing your sight was like being buried alive, she said.

The day before the horrific attack, Jenkin had watched a horror film with Miss Nash which featured a woman with her eyes gouged out.

Describing the assault, Judge Christopher Clarke said Jenkin ‘repeatedly squeezed her around the neck and as he continued to strangle her she lost consciousness and occasionally hallucinated’ .

Jenkin had attacked Miss Nash before. Tina said she thought she could change Jenkin’s violent behavior, but warned other domestic abuse victims to come out “before it’s too late”.

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

Jenkins subjected her ex-lover to a 12-hour attack during which he broke her jaw, choked her unconscious and blinded her by gouging out her eyes.

Jenkins subjected her ex-lover to a 12-hour attack during which he broke her jaw, choked her unconscious and blinded her by gouging out her eyes.

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

He immediately appealed his conviction, but the Court of Appeal rejected it.

His lawyers have argued that the life sentence should be overturned to allow him to be released when his doctors are satisfied he has overcome his mental illness.

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

Tina became an activist against domestic violence after her nightmarish ordeal with Jenkin.

She wrote a book highlighting the scourge of domestic abuse and pleaded with other victims to seek help and not remain silent.

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

Her book Out Of The Darkness describes how Jenkin beat her unconscious and gouged her eyes out at her home, telling her, “You’ll never see your children again.”

The 12 p.m. attack happened while her sons, aged 13 and 3, were sleeping in the same house.

She wrote: “I sat down and reached out my hand to my face…and felt my eyeball droop halfway down my cheek.

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

Tina told the other victims, “It’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse.”

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