BY JAMES TWOMEY
A teenager who is accused of throwing a six-year-old boy from a viewing platform on the 10th floor of the Tate Modern art gallery has been named – now that he is 18.
Jonty Bravery is accused of attempted murder after he is alleged to have thrown the French child – who cannot be named because of his age – 30 metres onto the roof of the fifth floor.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard ruled on Tuesday at the Old Bailey that the defendant could be identified after turning 18 when an application to conceal his identity was turned down.
No further details from the hearing can be disclosed.
The boy is believed to be making progress with his health despite being in a serious condition.
His family wrote on a GoFundMe page which has raised more than €110,000: “Our little boy doesn’t know any more how to speak, to eat or to move his body, but he begins to do his best to move his tongue, his right arm and hand. We see his efforts.
“We believe with all our heart that he will find the way, from his head, to do everything again. He is very brave.
“He keeps on smiling and reacting to our jokes. We begin to see also, unfortunately, his suffering, since two days, when he understands that he does not manage to move or eat.
“Actually, he understands everything, but doesn’t understand why he cannot manage to eat or swallow a little bit of yoghurt for instance and he wants so much to be able to do it.
“We want to tell you that we don’t have the choice. We have to be strong for our little boy.
“First because he keeps on smiling and making progress bravely, and secondly because we see that you count on us to take care of him.”
Mr Bravery will appear in court for a plea hearing next month.