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10 NEWS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NOBODY knows why a former model stabbed a man in the heart after a night of drinking at Monsoons in January, a court has heard. Cindy Anne Baker, (pictured right) pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court yesterday to negligently causing serious harm to Tyrone Burns after the charge was downgraded from attempted murder. The court heard Baker, 23, met Mr Burns at the nightclub and went back to his house in Stuart Park with a group of other people to continue drinking, where her romantic advances towards him were rebuffed. When he asked her to leave, Baker accused him of trying to kill her before stabbing him in the chest with a 20cm kitchen knife, piercing his heart. Doctors were only able to save his life by performing a number of high-risk surgeries. Bakers lawyer, Marty Aust, said his client was suffering from undiagnosed anxiety and depression and possibly post traumatic stress disorder after a life of significant trauma, which included an incident in which she was run over by a Model pleads guilty to stabbing man in heart car. Justice Peter Barr said there were loose ends in the facts of the bizarre crime and noted it seemed as though shes earnt some points in the criminal justice system. Its a very instinctive response on my part I know and I must guard against thinking this way but it would seem quite bizarre if the young man who ran over this young lady using a motor vehicle actually has to serve something like three months in jail it does seem a very compassionate and merciful sentence, he said. Baker will be assessed by a psychiatrist before returning to court for sentencing at a later date. JASON WALLS Climate threat is extreme AN ENVIRONMENTAL expert claims the Top End weather will get more extreme as climate change takes hold. CDU environmental science Professor Lindsay Hutley said ecosystems in the AsiaPacific region were now at a severe risk due to the stresses of climate change. The variability of our climate is going to get bigger and bigger, he said. Were already seeing that with these severe heatwaves, droughts, monsoons and fires hitting the region. Our ecosystems are under pressure from all angles and so is the ability of these ecosystems to produce fundamentals such as clean air, food and water. Prof Hutley is one of 250 climate experts from around Australia and Asia who have gathered in Darwin to share findings and tackle some of the biggest climate-change problems facing the Asia-Pacific. Charles Darwin Universitys Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) is hosting leading environmental researchers at the conference this week. Prof Hutley said the conference would be the first of its kind where carbon dioxide measurements and ecosystem research from countries including Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand is shared. Prof Hutley will be taking the foreign researchers on a field trip to CDUs flux tower in Litchfield National Park on Sunday. The tower has been measuring the rate at which carbon and water come in and out of the tree canopies there for about two years now. NATASHA EMECK Professor Lindsay Hutley says the risk of extreme weather will get worse Picture: KERI MEGELUS Burns on rise amid cool nights PARAMEDICS are reminding Territorians to be cautious around fire after a woman was seriously burnt falling into a campfire in Alice Springs. St John Ambulance spokesman Craig Garraway said a woman in her mid 30s had to be rushed to hospital in Alice Springs just before midnight on Monday after she fell over into a fire at a remote aboriginal camping area. He said the woman sustained serious burns to her hip area. About 7.30pm on the same night, paramedics responded to another burns incident following a gas explosion at a home in Karama. A man sustained burns to his arms and he managed to quickly extinguish a small fire that had ignited at the house. His injuries were minimal and the man declined treatment. Wed like to remind people to be careful when theyre dealing with gas bottles, make sure to check theyre not leaking before use, Mr Garraway said. Were also seeing people get burnt quite regularly down near Alice Springs from campfires, because its a lot colder down there. But when alcohol and fire mix it normally ends badly. So if you do drink stay clear of the fire. 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