Shane Jenkin, the thug from Hayle who blinded Penzance mother of two Tina Nash, has finally ‘fessed up to his terrible crime.
He pleaded guilty today at Truro Crown Court to a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent.
The 33 year old will be sentenced next month.
Tina, who’s 32, spoke of her loss after her tormentors confession.
The mother of two was left completely blind after a 12 hour attack in which Jenkin broke her jaw – then gauged out her eyes.
She said: “I am pleased that Shane Jenkin has at least taken responsibility for changing my life forever.
“He has taken everything from me and robbed me of one of the most precious things in life – my sight.
“I miss the things which people take for granted the most such as seeing the sky and the sea.
“Sometimes I feel as though I’ve been buried alive, claustrophobic and not in control of my life.
“I actually look forward to going to sleep because in my dreams I have sight. It’s when I wake up that the truth hits home.
“Some days I just don’t want to get up but I’m determined to provide a future for my children and this is my motivation.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends and family for their amazing support which has helped me to cope with what has happened to me.
“I truly feel that, when he was strangling me, Shane Jenkin was trying to murder me.
The police thanked CCN readers and Facebookers who were involved in an incredible online and realtime hunt for Jenkin when he bolted after the attack.
After the hearing lead officer Det Insp Chris Strickland said Jenkin’s was a: “premeditated, sustained and vicious attack on a defenceless woman.
“He deliberately strangled Tina into a state of unconsciousness in order that he could inflict these terrible injuries.
“Tina’s life will never be the same and her lifelong disability will be a constant reminder of the attack.
“Her injuries were so shocking that, friends who saw her soon after the incident, found it difficult to stay in the room.
“Tina has displayed incredible strength and a great desire to be able to care for her two children despite not being able to see them as they grow up.
“We would publicly like to thank the members of the public from Penzance and Hayle who helped us locate Jenkin when he fled following the attack.
“Their help was invaluable to our enquiry.”