Who is Tate Modern fall suspect Jonty Bravery?


JONTY Bravery stands accused of throwing a French boy from the tenth floor viewing deck of London’s Tate Modern

The boy, who cannot be named, fractured his spine, legs and arms and suffered a bleed to the brain.

Jonty Bravery is due to stand trial next year

What happened at the Tate Modern?

A six-year-old boy, on a family holiday, fell 100ft from the 10th floor and landed on the 5th floor roof of the Blavatnik Building on August 4.

A London Ambulance service spokesman said they were called at 2.40pm on Sunday, August 4, with two ambulance crews attending as well as the air ambulance.

The helicopter landed at the central London gallery and took the boy to hospital.

By the next night he was “critical but stable” in a hospital intensive care unit following life-saving treatment.

The boy miraculously survived but was left with a broken back, legs and arms after the fall.

Emergency services tend to the boy on the 5th floor roof of the gallery
Emergency services tend to the boy on the 5th floor roof of the gallery
Stuart Haggas

Has anyone been charged?

Jonty Bravery was initially not allowed to be named as he was 17 at the time of the incident but his identity has since been revealed after he turned 18.

Bravery has been charged with attempted murder.

He appeared in court in August 2019.

Bravery is due to stand trial next year.

Bravery appearing at the Old Bailey
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How is the victim now?

The boy is said to be making “amazing progress” – but is still unable to move or speak, his family have revealed.

They said he faced “two long and difficult operations” after being left with a broken back and fractures to his limbs.

He also suffered a “deep” bleed to the brain in the fall on August 4.

His family posted an update on his condition on GoFundMe page after well-wishers donated more than £80,000 to help him.

They wrote: “Our little boy 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.

“He doesn’t understand why he cannot manage to eat or swallow a bit of yoghurt and he wants so much to be able to do it. We have to be strong for him.

“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.”

The Tate Modern was evacuated after a boy was thrown from a viewing platform
The Tate Modern was evacuated after a boy was thrown from a viewing platform
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What’s the GoFundMe page?

Well-wishers are raising funds for the little boy.

Surrey local Vicky Diplacto, 31, said she had been devastated by the tragic incident after her own brother was left paralysed and in a wheelchair after falling from a height several years ago.

More than £80,000 has been raised so far. To donate, visit the GoFundMe page here.

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