CORNWALL, England, May 11 (UPI) -- A British woman who was blinded during a violent attack by former boyfriend called on other victims of domestic abuse to come forward.
Tina Nash, 31, spoke out against domestic violence Friday, as her former boyfriend, Shane Jenkins, started serving a life sentence for the attack, The Independent reported.
Jenkins attacked Nash April 20, 2011, beating her until she was unconscious, and gouging her eyes out with his fingers. He then imprisoned her for 12 hours.
Nash spoke of how her life has changed since the attack and said others must not go through what she did.
"I urge anyone out there suffering domestic abuse to contact the police before it is too late," she said in a statement read on her behalf outside Truro Crown Court.
Jenkins pleaded guilty in court to a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent, but denied attempted murder.
He was given a life sentence by Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC at Truro Crown Court Friday.
Harvey said Jenkins must serve at least six years before the option of parole.
"In view of all the circumstances in this case, it may well be many, many years before the parole board consider the defendant safe to be allowed out in the community," he added. "In my judgment he is a very dangerous man from which the public needs to be kept safe."
Nash said she was glad Jenkins "at least taken responsibility for changing my life forever."
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