Teenager who threw child from Tate Modern ‘may never be released’

Jonty Bravery was jailed for 15 years

Friday, June 26, 2020

A mentally ill and violent teenager who hurled a child off the viewing platform at the Tate Modern was told he “may never be released” from custody.

Jonty Bravery, now 18, was handed a jail term of at least 15 years for attempted murder after he admitted throwing a six-year-old French tourist over the railings at the London attraction last summer.

The little boy survived the 30-metre drop but suffered life-changing injuries. He remains in a wheelchair and will require round-the-clock care until at least 2022.

The defendant was said to have had “a big smile on his face” when he was challenged by horrified onlookers.

The judge said Bravery may never be released from custody

Sentencing, Old Bailey judge Mrs Justice McGowan said: “The fear he (the victim) must have experienced and the horror his parents felt are beyond imagination.

“You had intended to kill someone that day – you almost killed that six-year-old boy.”

She said Bravery’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD) did not explain the attack, and acknowledged expert evidence he presents “a grave and immediate risk to the public”.

The judge added: “You will spend the greater part – if not all – of your life detained … you may never be released.”

Bravery, who was wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts, sat impassively with his legs crossed and occasionally placed his hands behind his head as he watched the 20-minute hearing via videolink from Broadmoor Hospital.

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