December 2019

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.