Update: A teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from a 10th floor balcony at London’s Tate Modern has been jailed for at least 15 years.
Jonty Bravery, 18, of Northolt, planned an attack and targeted young children last August, the prosecution said.
The victim suffered a bleed to the brain, fractures to his spine and has been left with life-changing injuries.
Deranged teenager hurled a six-year-old boy from the tenth floor of the Tate Modern
A deranged teenager who hurled a six-year-old boy from the tenth floor of the Tate Modern to be on the news laughed as he told told the youngster’s dad: “I am mad”.
Jonty Bravery, 18, left the youngster with a broken back, fractures to his limbs and a bleed on the brain after throwing him from a viewing platform last summer.
He chillingly just shrugged and laughed after the boy plummeted head first to the ground.
Bravery – then aged 17 – told the boy’s dad, who believed the horror attack was a “joke” until he saw his son’s mangled body below: “Yes, I am mad.”
He later told a staff member: “I think I’ve murdered someone, I’ve just thrown someone off the balcony.”
When Bravery, from Ealing, West London, was arrested, he said he had traveled to the London gallery with the intention of hurting someone so he could be on the TV news that evening.
He said: “I wanted to be on the news, who I am and why I did it, so when it is official no-one can say anything else.”
The teen also laughed at harrowing CCTV of the attack and said he felt “on top of the world”.
Bravery told officers he heard voices telling him he had to hurt or kill people and wanted to prove a point “to every idiot” who said he didn’t have mental health issues.
A judge at the Old Bailey today adjourned sentencing on one count of attempted murder until Friday.
Bravery, who has been in Broadmoor Hospital since last October, is on the autistic spectrum and is likely to have a personality disorder.
He crouched on the ground with his T-shirt pulled over his head as the harrowing details were read to the court.
The teen, who was under supervision but allowed out alone for four-hour periods, had first travelled to the Shard and tried to gain access to the viewing platform.
But when he was told he didn’t have enough money to visit the top of the 1,016ft building, he asked where the “next highest building was”.
Bravery then made his way to the Tate Modern and began behaving in an “unusual way”.
Witnesses speaking at the time said he had followed families around with his hands behind his back before pouncing on the young boy as his mum’s back was turned.
The teen “scooped” the lad, who was visiting the UK from France, up in his arms and chucked him over the railing “without any hesitation”.
CCTV captured Bravery with a “big smile on his face” as the boy’s mum desperately tried to scramble over the railing to help her son.
When confronted by horrified witnesses, he “sniggered” and blamed his heartless actions on social services.
The court heard today how Bravery had researched the easiest way to kill someone in the hope he would be banged up for life.
He narrowed it down to three possibilities – strangling a woman or a child, drowning a child or throwing someone off a tall building.
On the day of the horror, Bravery searched “what are the chances of death if someone is pushed into the River Thames?”
He also visited a web page entitled “How to get away with rape” and searched: “Are you guaranteed to escape prison if you have autism?”
A psychiatric report found his “callousness and the striking lack of emotional empathy” was more typically found in “psychopathy” than autism.
At the time of the incident, he was a “looked-after child” under the care of Hammersmith and Fulham Social Services.
He had a grim history of attacking care workers and fellow patients and was accused of a string of attacks in Brighton.
But police had released him pending further investigation – with the teen able to leave his sheltered housing alone despite his violent history.
The boy was forced to spend two months in intensive care and left unable to speak or eat after the horror attack on August 4.
He was “fortunate not to die” in the attempted killing, which was described as a “whisper away from a murder”.
The court was told he only survived the fall because he struck side of the gallery on the way down.
The boy is now unable to trust anyone and “would like to slap” Bravery for what he did, his family previously told the court.
They added: “Our son still needs intensive rehabilitation since he hasn’t recovered mobility in all limbs or cognitive capacities.
“He is constantly awoken by pain and he can’t communicate that pain or call out to hospital staff. Life stopped for us four months ago.
“We don’t know when, or even if, we will be able to return to work, or return to our home, which is not adapted for a wheelchair. We are exhausted.”
His French mum and dad previously dubbed their son their “little knight” as they revealed previously he could only smile to communicate.
They told the court they had not left their son’s side for fear of losing him following the “unspeakable” act.
The boy can now stand with a walker and can take a few steps with help from a physiotherapist.
But he still struggles to eat and will need ’round-the-clock care for at least two more years.
Writing for on a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised £211,785 for the boy’s treatment, his parents said in May: “Our child has only his two boot-shaped splints now, and a splint on his left arm that he wears only at night. He still has to spend his day in a shape moulded seating fixed on his wheelchair.
“His sentences are always hashed, syllable by syllable, because he still lacks breath and muscle tone. We don’t always understand everything he says, especially when he’s tired but he expresses himself more and more.
“Regarding the brain, memory seems to work a little bit again, very slowly. We help him to train it as much as we can, respecting his rhythm because he is always very tired.
“There is still a long way to go but we are holding on, even confined and masked. Take care of you, you all, and protect those you love.”
Teenager admits throwing boy, 6, from tenth floor bridge at Tate Modern
A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to attempted murder after throwing a six-year-old boy from the Tate Modern’s viewing platform.
Jonty Bravery, 18, admitted pushing the child off the tenth floor of the building in August at hearing in London’s Old bailey on Friday afternoon.
The victim, who cannot be named because of his age, continues to recover slowly in France, his native country, after spending months in intensive care.
Writing on a GoFundMe page last month, which has raised around £130,000 for his medical treatment, the boy’s family said he was ‘now able to venture outside’ and had regained some movement in his legs. Bravery, of west London, was arrested moments after the incident on Sunday August 4.
His lawyer Philippa McAtasney QC told the court he had been assessed as having autistic spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and was likely to have a personality disorder.
Before entering his guilty plea, Bravery confirmed his identity and said his nationality was ‘white British’.
Speaking via video link from custody, he was asked how he pleaded to the charge of attempted murder and replied: ‘I plead guilty. Guilty, yeah correct.’
Mr Justice Edis adjourned sentencing until February 17 for the completion of a report.