Psychiatric reports ordered for teenage Tate suspect

The defendant has been charged with attempted murder

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Psychiatric reports have been ordered for the teenage boy accused of throwing a six-year-old from the tenth floor viewing platform of the Tate Modern art gallery.

The 17-year-old, charged with attempted murder, appeared at the Old Bailey today to confirm his name, age, address, and British nationality during an administrative hearing that lasted 22 minutes.

No pleas were entered and the defendant, who was flanked by security guards throughout, was remanded in custody.

Any hearing would be listed to last two weeks and take place in the New Year, the court was told.

No update was given on the condition of the victim, a young French boy, who was airlifted to hospital after he landed on a fifth-floor roof at the gallery on Sunday afternoon.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Bromley Youth Court heard that he had suffered a bleed to the brain and fractures to the spine, legs and arms.

The boy was at the gallery with his parents and was “looking over the side and enjoying the view” from the balcony before the incident occurred, the court heard.

He was then allegedly picked up and thrown over the edge in an action that was "carried out extremely swiftly and in one movement”.

Visitors were held inside the London tourist attraction while emergency services attended the incident.

Scotland Yard has said there was no link between the suspect and victim, neither of whom can be named due to their ages.

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