A BURLY teenager was seen laughing moments after throwing a six-year-old boy from the viewing platform at the Tate Modern, a court heard, before telling onlookers: ‘It’s not my fault, it’s social services’ fault.’
Jonty Bravery, then 17, spent more than 15 minutes stalking potential victims at the London art gallery and was seen ‘smiling’ at children before spotting the young French tourist who had left his parents’ side, the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor Deanna Heer said the autistic teenager, from Ealing, ‘scooped (the boy) up and, without any hesitation, carried him straight to the railings and threw him over’.
The child fell 100ft head first on to a platform. Ms Heer said CCTV showed Bravery backing away from the railings and ‘smiling, with his arms raised. At one point, he appears to shrug and laugh’.
The victim’s father first thought the incident was ‘a joke’ until he saw his son’s severely injured body. The boy’s mother became ‘increasingly hysterical’ and tried to climb over the railings to get to her son several stories below, but was held back by staff, the court heard.
The boy, who remains in a wheelchair, spent more than a month in hospital in the UK before being discharged to a hospital in France.
Ms Heer said: ‘Whether he will ever make a full recovery is not known.’
The court heard Bravery, who has admitted attempted murder, was under one-on-one supervision with Hammersmith and Fulham Social Services at the time of the attack on August 4, but was allowed out unaccompanied for four-hour periods. He was earlier seen at The Shard but was unable to afford the entrance fee.
Ms Heer said Bravery blamed social services when challenged by witnesses moments after the incident.
She told the court that, following his arrest: ‘He said he had to prove a point to “every idiot” who had ever said he did not have a mental health problem that he should not be in the community.’
Dr Joanna Dow, a psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital where Bravery is being held, said she believed he had a mixed personality disorder and struggled to manage his emotions.
She recommended he be detained in hospital. Bravery, who appeared in court, will be sentenced today.