A male who threw a six-year-old boy from the 10th floor of a balcony in London’s Tate Modern has been sent to prison for at least fifteen years.
During his trial, the court heard how 18-year-old Jonty Bravery from Northolt, had planned an attack in which he wanted to target young children specifically.
Bravery’s six-year-old victim suffered a bleed to the brain and has been left with life-changing injuries following the cowardly act.
Sitting at the Old Bailey, Mrs Justice McGowan said that Bravery intended to kill and “almost killed that six-year-old boy”.
“That little boy has suffered permanent and life-changing injury,” the judge said in her sentencing remarks after Bravery had admitted attempted murder.
“You went to the viewing platform, looked around and spotted the victim and his family and went to the boy and threw him over the railing.
“The fear he must have experienced and the horror his parents felt are beyond imagination.
“What you did on the day of this offence prove you are a grave danger to the public. You planned this and appeared to revel in the notoriety.”
On 4th August last year, Bravery headed to the Tate Modern’s viewing balcony. During the trial, the court was shown CCTV footage of Bravery following young children as he looked over the railings.
Other footage shown to the court showed the six-year-old victim skipping along ahead of his family as he innocently made his way towards Bravery.
Prosecutor Deanna Heer said: “The defendant scooped him up and, without any hesitation, carried him straight to the railings and threw him over.”
The boy “fell head-first towards the ground”, landing on a fifth-floor balcony below, she added.
Despite falling 100ft, the victim survived the horrific fall. But he was left with life-changing injuries and has been confined to a wheelchair.
The shocking incident initiated a significant response from London’s emergency services, including the deployment of London’s Air Ambulance.
The Tate Modern was sealed off as crime scene examiners gathered evidence.
In a victim impact statement taken in February, the boy’s parents described Bravery’s actions as “unspeakable”.
“Words cannot express the horror and fear his actions have brought upon us,” the couple said.
“Our son, who now, six months on, is wondering why he’s in hospital.
“How can he not see in every stranger a potential ‘villain’ who could cause him immense pain and suffering?”
The six-year-old boy will require round-the-clock care until at least 2022.
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