Seaton stabbing: man admits wounding with intent

PUBLISHED: 14:05 15 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:55 15 April 2019

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant


Woman camper received a single knife wound in the back as she lay in her tent

A tourist who stabbed a woman in the back as they slept in a tent at Seaton is to be assessed to find out if he poses a risk to the public.

Tyso Baker was camping in July last year when he delivered a single knife wound to the young woman who was sharing his tent.

He had travelled from his home in Minehead to the resort and carried out the attack without warning or any apparent motive.

The victim suffered a punctured lung and spent two days in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital before she was released.

Baker, aged 32, of Puffin Close, Minehead, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

Judge Timothy Rose adjourned the case until June 3 and ordered the probation service and a psychiatrist to prepare reports which will assess whether Baker poses a risk to the general public.

He was moved from prison to a mental hospital a month after the attack and is currently being treated in the Fromeside Clinic in Somerset.

A psychiatric report indicated that despite him being treated under the Mental Health Act, he is not considered suitable for a hospital order. This means he is likely to receive a lengthy jail sentence Caighli Taylor, defending, told an earlier hearing that Baker has been diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder and psychosis.

Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said the victim suffered a single knife wound to the back in the attack. Baker originally claimed it happened accidentally when the woman rolled on to a knife.

Judge Rose said: “I do not have any assessment of future risk and whether he does pose a specific risk. It seems to me appropriate in view of the seriousness of this allegation and the likely level of sentence.

“I will need further reports, or I will be proceeding at arms length. I need to decide what will happen to him if the doctors do not recommend a hospital order.”

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