Last August, we heard how a man had picked up a French tourist’s 6-year-old son and launched him off the 10th floor of the Tate Modern in London, leaving the child with horrific life-changing injuries and nearly killing him.
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The man was named as Jonty Bravery, from west London, who is now in court accused of attempted murder. Metro reports this week that the incident was captured on CCTV, which has been vital to the case.
Jonty, 18, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, spent more than 15 minutes stalking potential victims at the London tourist attraction before fixing on a young boy who had briefly left his parents’ side. He then ‘scooped (the victim) up and, without any hesitation, carried him straight to the railings and threw him over’.
The victim fell around 100ft (30m) to a platform below, while shocked witnesses, including the boy’s parents, challenged Bravery.
The boy’s dad originally thought it was ‘a joke’ until he saw his son’s injured and bloodied body below. The child’s mum became ‘increasingly hysterical’ and tried to climb over the railings to get to her son but was held back by staff. Jonty, who has admitted attempted murder, was said to ‘have a big smile on his face’ and told the boy’s father:
Yes I am mad.
He also later told medical experts he felt ‘indestructible’ and ‘on top of the world’ after throwing the boy off the viewing platform.
Describing the CCTV footage, Prosecutor Deanna Heer said:
As (the boy) approached, the defendant scooped him up and, without any hesitation, carried him straight to the railings and threw him over.
The CCTV footage shows (the boy) falling head-first towards the ground.
The CCTV then showed Jonty backing away from the railings:
He can be seen to be smiling, with his arms raised. At one point, he appears to shrug and laugh.
The footage also captures (the victim’s) parents’ disbelief and rising panic at what had just happened.
The prosecutor also said Jonty ‘sniggered’ and when asked why he had done it, had said:
It’s a long story.
It’s not my fault, it’s social services’ fault.
The court heard the boy suffered life-threatening injuries, and spent more than a month in hospital in the UK before being discharged to a hospital in France. He’s still in a wheelchair, and will require 100% care support until at least August 2022. It’s unknown whether he’ll ever make a full recovery.
Jonty Bravery was under one-on-one supervision with Hammersmith and Fulham Social Services at the time of the attack on August 4 2019, but was allowed to go out unaccompanied for four-hour periods. There’s also the issue of this recording in which he told his carers he was planning on murdering someone a YEAR before the attack:
Pretty shocking that this guy could be trusted to go anywhere alone after admitting that to people who have a responsibility to make sure he doesn’t do anything stupid. Heer added in her court statement:
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.’
Well at least he’s self-aware, eh? In fact it seems Jonty may not even go to prison, as Dr Joanna Dow, a consultant forensic psychiatrist who works at Broadmoor Hospital where he is being held, recommended Jonty be detained in hospital so he could get treatment such as anger management and to learn social communication and interaction skills.
Thoughts with the young victim and his family, and let’s hope his miraculous survival extends to a miraculous full recovery someday.
For more psycho behaviour, get a load of this murderer in court doing his best to get sent to a mental institution rather than prison. Pure nightmare fuel.