Eye-gouge victim Tina Nash's new boyfriend on assault charge

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The new boyfriend of Tina Nash, whose former partner was jailed for life for gouging out her eyes, is facing a charge of attacking her.

Roland Alli, 32, from Plymouth, who denies assault, was remanded in custody by Truro magistrates until 25 June.

The attack allegedly happened on Sunday in Penzance.

Mother-of-two Ms Nash, 32, was blinded by Shane Jenkin as she slept in April 2011. He was jailed last year and told he would serve at least six years.

'Buried alive'

Miss Nash said she had suffered repeated attacks by Jenkin in the year before the eye-gouging attack.

She told the BBC after Jenkin was jailed: "It makes me feel like I've been buried alive. I feel like a ghost. I can have everyone around me but I can't even see my own hand in front of my face.

"When I hear my kids I can't see their faces."

A year later she said she was "coming to terms with it".

She said: "I was in quite a dark place. But I thought 'I've got to get on with my life'. I'm now the same me as what I was before."

Ms Nash has written a book to help other victims of domestic violence and to highlight the help that is available.

"It was so hard because I didn't understand domestic violence until it happened to me," she said.

The book, Out Of The Darkness, describes how she suffered months of beatings and domestic abuse from Jenkin before he gouged out both her eyes, telling her: "You're never going to see your kids again."

She also writes of her life after the attack and how her children have given her the courage to continue.

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