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Blinded mother describes her loss
A mother-of-two whose boyfriend throttled her unconscious and gouged out her eyes has said he "robbed me of one of the most precious things in life".
Powerfully-built Shane Jenkin, 33, launched the "premeditated, sustained and vicious attack" on his 31-year-old partner last April and also broke her jaw and nose, in her home in Hayle, Cornwall.
He admitted GBH with intent at Truro Crown Court.
Efforts to save the sight in one of Tina Nash's eyes failed and she was left completely blind.
It has been disclosed that Jenkin was banned from Penzance pubs for five years after attacking a policeman in early 2010.
As details emerged of his explosive, unpredictable temper Ms Nash issued a statement saying she was glad he had "at least taken responsibility for changing my life forever".
She said: "I truly feel that, when he was strangling me, he was trying to murder me. He has taken everything from me and robbed me of one of the most precious things in life - my sight."
Jenkin will be sentenced next month but people who knew him painted a terrifying portrait of a thug who would attack fellow drinkers with no warning.
Jenkin, of Sea Lane, Hayle, Cornwall, was banned several times from pubs in Penzance for violence, but hit with a five-year ban in March 2010 for attacking a policeman, said Helen Cadman, pubwatch chairman.
One barman who asked to remain anonymous said: "He could just turn and go from being nice and polite and jovial then bang, it was like flicking a switch. I have seen him talking to people, having a laugh to stamping on them on the floor."