Teenager admits Tate Modern killing attempt
A teenager has admitted throwing a young boy off a balcony at the Tate Modern with the intention of killing him so he could be on the news.
Jonty Bravery, 18, from Ealing, admitted one count of attempted murder at the Old Bailey today (6 December 2019).
When he was arrested he told police he had planned in advance to hurt someone at the Tate Modern on 4 August to be on TV.
The six-year-old boy, who is from France and was visiting the UK with his family, survived but suffered life-changing injuries as a result of falling five floors from a 10th floor viewing platform. He suffered a bleed to his brain and a number of fractured bones.
Bravery will be sentenced on Monday 17 February.
CPS prosecutor Emma V Jones said: "This devastating and shocking incident at the Tate Modern on 4 August of this year changed the lives of Bravery’s young victim and his family forever.
"The boy was singled out by Bravery who threw him from the viewing platform intending to kill him.
"That he survived the five storey fall was extraordinary.
“Eye witness accounts and CCTV footage, along with Bravery’s admissions at the time of the arrest that his actions were pre-planned, meant he had little choice but to accept responsibility for his actions.
"There will be no trial as a result, and the boy’s family are spared having to relive this traumatic experience in court.
“This was a terrifying experience for the boy’s parents and our thoughts are very much with them all at this difficult time. We hope he makes as full a recovery as possible."
Notes to editors
- Emma V Jones is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS London South
- Jonty Bravery (DOB: 02/10/2001) is from Ealing in West London.