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Tina 'relived her blinding as new lover attacked'

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 01, 2013

  • Tina Nash.

  • Shane Jenkin was jailed for life in 2011 for gouging out Tina's eyes.

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MUM of two Tina Nash has told how the attack by her new boyfriend brought back terrifying memories of when Shane Jenkin blinded her.

Tina, right, from Hayle but now living in Penzance, had her eyes gouged out by bodybuilder Jenkin in April 2011 in a horrific domestic attack.

She has since begun to rebuild her life and gone on the record about her experiences to help others at risk of abuse – but two weeks ago told Truro magistrates how she had been terrorised by another violent boyfriend.

Roland Alli pleaded guilty to common assault, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison and given a restraining order banning him from going or contacting her.

Now Tina has told a national newspaper that when she met trainee forklift driver Alli, from Plymouth, on Facebook she thought she'd found someone "safe" – but Alli, 32, threatened her with a knife at her own home.

She said: "I heard the sound of the blades clinking in the drawer, and I knew he meant it. This was real. It was happening again and my body shot into survival mode."

Alli had accused Tina of rekindling her relationship with the father of one of her sons.

She said: "Suddenly he grabbed my arm and twisted it behind my back. I screamed with pain, and Roland pushed it higher. He pulled at my hand and I felt a sharp pain above my knuckles.

"I thought he had bitten me. I screamed at him to let me go and scrambled to the edge of the bed, threatening that my uncles would kick him out in the morning if he didn't leave."

She told how he roared out, "That's it; I'm getting a knife," then charged into the kitchen.

"That's when I heard the sound of the blades," she said. "It brought back all those memories from before.

"I was terrified Roland would knife me in the back.

"I got a Swiss Army penknife from my son's room. I clutched it for dear life.

"Two minutes later, Roland shouted that the police had arrived, and disappeared.

"I clambered to my feet, shaking violently, and I wanted to be sick."

The attack reawakened dark shadows of her encounter with Jenkin, 34, who was jailed for life for grievous bodily harm last May.

"I thought I was over the worst, but since Roland's court case I haven't been able to sleep," said Tina. "I've dreamt of Shane every night.

"It's as if my recent attack has reopened a wound and the cut feels deeper than ever.

"I had a panic attack this week that was so severe I had to have 20 cold showers to cool me down." She said she had now asked for therapy, and added: "I am telling my story because I want my words to be an early warning to anyone who finds themselves trapped in a violent relationship."

The charity Woman's Aid offers a confidential helpline for domestic abuse victims; call 0808 2000247 or go online at www.womensaid.org.uk

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  • Cornwallrocks  |  October 10 2013, 6:49PM

    Shane Jenkin Assault Case (Re: Articles written, ITV This Morning interview of Victim Tina Nash, and traumatic Autobiography book Out Of The Darkness written by the determined  battered lady after being subjected to a sickening attack which she lost both eyes as well as numerous violent incidents of being used as a punch bag perpetrated by serial offender Shane Jenkin) I think that Shane Jenkin is a nasty selfish cowardly piece of work who has shown no remorse or regret for his callousness. I am disgusted how somebody like this has not only subjected Tina Nash to beatings but thinks it's acceptable to gouge somebody's eyes out and then blame the victim for his actions. He is nothing but Scum, and he has been in trouble with the Police before breaking the Law frequently. Shane Jenkin does not deserve any respect. He has only been sent to a Psychiatric Ward for 5 years. The punishment in this case has been lenient. Tina Nash has to suffer this pain of not being able to see anybody or anything ever again in her life because of one abusive and aggressive individual. It really is unfair it has come to this. Shane Jenkin kept Tina Nash locked up 12 hours after the eye-gouging attack without phoning the Ambulance for medical help. He is a thug who probably wanted to kill his girlfriend, he punched her many times before, and tried to strangle her. It is lucky Tina Nash didn't die that night but it's really unlucky she got blinded by this moron. I hope Tina all the best in the future and that it will make her stronger. I was shocked after reading about this and it was upsetting seeing the images. x

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  • BradleyJJS  |  August 01 2013, 11:35AM

    Has she said this to papers to report this or is this the papers keeping this horrific attack alive, I wish the papers would leave her alone and let her find normality away from the limelight.

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  • Barri  |  August 01 2013, 11:31AM

    I feel very sorry for this mother, who clearly needs help with choosing a respectful partner. Perhaps Woman's Aid can help her ?

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