Child thrown from the Tate Modern in London : life in prison for the accused

Enfant jeté du musée Tate Modern à Londres : prison à vie pour l'accusé

LONDON | a british court has sentenced Friday to life in prison, with a minimum of 15 years of age, a young man of 18 years suffering from psychiatric disorders who had thrown in last August, a French child of six years of the tenth floor of the museum Tate Modern, London.

17-year-old at the time of the facts, Jonty Bravery had pleaded guilty in December of attempted murder, and the criminal court of the Old Bailey, had to decide to send it either in a specialized hospital is, as it has chosen, in prison.

In its reasons, the judge Maura McGowan stressed the premeditation and the dangerousness of the accused. She stressed the seriousness of the injuries suffered by the victim, whose life will never be the same”, as well as the need to protect the public in the face of the dangerousness of the accused. Video since the hospital high-security Broadmoor, it has not shown particular emotion to the statement of the sentence.

On August 4, 2019, Jonty Bravery had pushed the child, then six years old, over the railing of the observation platform at the museum of modern art situated on the south bank of the Thames. The young boy had fallen on a roof of the fifth floor, thirty metres below. He suffered a brain haemorrhage and multiple fractures, the spine, legs and arms.

“We have no other future than to be by his side”, said his parents in a statement read at the output of the hearing by a police officer, Melanie Pressley.

“Words cannot express the horror and fear” that the acts of this “individual” has done to cut down on the family. “How do you explain to a child that someone has deliberately tried to kill him?”, if they ponder.

Their son is still alive today corseté in a wheelchair, with splints on both legs and the left arm.

“Yes, I’m crazy”

The accused, who suffers from autism and personality disorders, was supported by a specialized institution. With a violent behaviour, he had shown signs of improvement in the months ahead of the facts, so that he was able to benefit from permissions where it could go it alone, for a period of four hours.

This August 4, 2019, he had first sought to buy a ticket for the observation platform of the Shard, the tallest skyscraper in the United Kingdom. But he had not enough money. After you have asked where to find a building top nearby, he went to the Tate Modern and its platform, which is open to the public.

Several witnesses described the strange behavior of the young man when he headed towards the child who was a little distant from his parents. Before realizing what had happened, the father of the child has for a moment believed in a joke, thinking that there was a net below.

“Yes, I’m crazy,” he told Jonty Bravery, in the face of witnesses, struck by his “big smile”, with his arms raised, his “calm” after his gesture, in the “chaos” that reigned. It has been identified by the public and then stopped.

This response “shocking” finds its origin in the mental disorder of the accused, pleaded Thursday, his lawyer, Philippa McAtasney, who requested his placement in hospital.

Based on the evidence gathered during the investigation, he had explained that he heard voices telling them to hurt or kill people.

Expressing his “heartfelt sympathy” to the child and his family, the local community of Hammersmith and Fulham, who was in charge of the accused at the time of the facts, recalled that an investigation in this regard was in progress. “We will cooperate fully and will draw lessons, conclusions,” said the community.

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