Tate pusher, 19, who threw boy, six, off 100ft-high gallery balcony is jailed for another 14 weeks

A teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the viewing platform of the Tate Modern has been jailed for another 14 weeks after admitting to punching and biting Broadmoor Hospital staff.

Jonty Bravery, 19, punched nursing assistant Sarah Edwards in the head and face before pulling her hair, after she said she was going to clean his room.

He then bit Maxwell King, a rehabilitation therapist assistant, on his finger after he came to his colleague’s aid.

Bravery was being held at the high-security psychiatric hospital on remand ahead of sentencing at the Old Bailey, where he pleaded guilty to attempted murder over the attack at the London art gallery.

Jonty Bravery, 19, is serving a 15-year prison sentence for attempted murder. He punched nursing assistant Sarah Edwards in the head and face before pulling her hair, after she said she was going to clean his room at Broadmoor

Jonty Bravery, 19, is serving a 15-year prison sentence for attempted murder. He punched nursing assistant Sarah Edwards in the head and face before pulling her hair, after she said she was going to clean his room at Broadmoor

He was handed a life sentence, with a minimum 15-year term, in June for hurling the boy from Tate Modern’s 10th-storey balcony on August 4 last year.

The victim, who was on holiday with his parents in the capital from France, survived the 100ft (30m) fall, but suffered life-changing injuries, including a bleed on the brain and multiple broken bones.

On Tuesday, Bravery appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court by video-link from Belmarsh Prison, where he is currently serving his sentence.

He spoke to confirm his name and date of birth before pleading guilty to two counts of common assault at Broadmoor Hospital on January 29.

The French boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was on holiday in London with his family at the time of the incident. Pictured, emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate Modern art gallery on August 4, 2019

The French boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was on holiday in London with his family at the time of the incident. Pictured, emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate Modern art gallery on August 4, 2019

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot sentenced him to another 14 weeks in prison and told him he must pay his victims £200 compensation.

She told Bravery: ‘In my view, what makes this really serious is this woman was quite vulnerable and in a difficult job in Broadmoor.

‘It was pretty nasty. She had her back to you when you struck. You punched her face and her head, pulled her hair and took her down to the ground. It was a really horrible attack.

Bravery shoved the boy from the viewing balcony at London's Tate Modern art gallery in August last year. He was sentenced to life in prison at the Old Bailey in June

Bravery shoved the boy from the viewing balcony at London’s Tate Modern art gallery in August last year. He was sentenced to life in prison at the Old Bailey in June 

The French boy, who was on holiday with his parents in London in August of last year, survived the fall from the 10-storey balcony, but suffered life-changing injuries

The French boy, who was on holiday with his parents in London in August of last year, survived the fall from the 10-storey balcony, but suffered life-changing injuries

A timeline of Jonty Bravery’s movements before and after the Tate attack 

12.16pm: Jonty Bravery, a then-17-year-old autistic boy living in supported accommodation, leaves his home in Ealing, west London, to buy an Oyster card at a shop on Church Road, Northolt.

12.23pm: He arrives at Northolt Underground station and takes the Tube to London Bridge station.

1.10pm: Bravery arrives at London Bridge station, on the South Bank, and makes his way the short distance to the Shard.

Once there, he asks a member of staff how much it costs to enter but does not have enough money. CCTV footage then shows him walking away before turning back to ask for directions elsewhere.

2.16pm: Bravery arrives at the Tate Modern on foot, speaks to a member of staff and is seen pointing upwards. He then takes the lift to the 10th floor viewing balcony in the visitor attraction’s Blavatnik Building.

2.30pm: CCTV shows Bravery looking over the railings close to where a six-year-old French boy is later hurled. 

2.32pm: The victim and his parents arrive on the viewing tower where Bravery has been waiting. The boy skips ahead of his parents briefly, allowing Bravery to scoop him up and throw him over the edge.

Bravery then moves away and can be seen smiling, with his arms raised. The victim’s parents panic – the father challenges Bravery while the mother attempts to climb over the barriers to her son, 100ft (30m) below, before being stopped by witnesses.

Members of the public detain Bravery, remarking he seems ‘calm’ and ‘lacking emotion’. He later is heard saying: ‘It’s not my fault, it’s social services’ fault.’

2.46pm: Bravery is arrested. He asks: ‘Is this going to be on the news?’

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‘Other officers came to help, then you bit the finger of the second complainant, Mr King, because he had to come to help her. It’s deeply unpleasant.’

Prosecutor Michael Mallon described Bravery as ‘somewhat notorious’, telling the court he was taken out his room at Broadmoor on January 29 for some fresh air, when Ms Edwards went in to get him a jumper.

‘She made a passing comment that she was going to give his room a quick clean because of the smell emanating,’ he said.

The court heard that Bravery shouted ‘No, no, no’, before becoming verbally abusive and launching the attack.

‘He lunged forwards, grabbed her from behind with his left hand and started punching with his right hand around her face and head, around four or five times. 

‘She screamed in pain and fear,’ said Mr Mallon.

‘Ms Edwards tried to grab him with both arms to stop the assault. 

‘Mr Bravery had hold of Ms Edwards’s hair with both hands and, in the struggle, they fell to the ground.’

The court heard that Bravery tried to kick the woman and was heard shouting that he wanted to hurt her before other colleagues arrived to help.

‘Mr Bravery bites Mr King on the index finger of his right hand where Mr King was holding him in a thumb lock,’ the prosecutor said.

The court heard that a chunk of Ms Edwards’ hair was pulled out, while she was left with a lump on her head and needed seven weeks off work.

Andrew Bousfield, defending, said Bravery had been diagnosed with autism and a personality disorder and the offences were linked to his mental disorder.

‘Mr Bravery wants to apologise for his attack. 

‘He has pleaded guilty because he is acutely aware of the effect this has had on his family,’ he said.

Earlier this month, Bravery dropped a Court of Appeal bid to be moved from prison to hospital, while his appeal against the length of his 15-year sentence was dismissed.

Bravery was in supported accommodation under the care of Hammersmith and Fulham Social Services at the time of the Tate attack and been allowed out unsupervised despite a history of lashing out at staff, his sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey heard.

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