A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy who fell 100ft at the Tate Modern after being thrown off a viewing platform has suffered a deep bleed to the brain and fractures to his spine, legs and arms.
The child’s ‘very serious’ injuries were outlined as a teenager accused of his attempted murder appeared in court yesterday.
The bearded 17-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and British nationality. He sported a bruised right eye as he stood in the dock at Bromley youth court.
Prosecutor Sian Morgan told the court the boy was thrown on Sunday while visiting the London art gallery with his family.
She said they were ‘enjoying the views’ from the viewing platform when the youngster moved a ‘couple of feet’ from his parents.
‘It is then that the defendant has without any warning or provocation picked up the boy and thrown him over the viewing platform,’ she said. ‘The boy has fallen approximately 100ft. He suffered very serious injuries and he is currently in hospital.’
The boy, who was visiting from France, remains in a critical but no longer life-threatening condition.
He plunged from the top floor of the ten-storey Blavatnik extension and landed on the roof of the gallery’s main building.
Members of the public apprehended the teenager before he was arrested at the scene, which was covered by CCTV cameras, the court heard.
Magistrates’ chairman David Armitage told the defendant, from Northolt, west London, he was being remanded in youth detention accommodation until his next appearance tomorrow at the Old Bailey.
Craig Crosbie, defending, made no application for bail.
Police are continuing to appeal for other witnesses to come forward.