Pictured: Teenager accused of throwing boy from Tate Gallery viewing platform

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Jonty Bravery is accused of attempted murder after allegedly throwing a six-year-old victim from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern (Facebook)

The teenager accused of throwing a young French boy from the viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery has been named, after a reporting restriction protecting his identity expired.

Jonty Bravery, who is now 18, is accused of attempted murder after allegedly throwing the six-year-old victim from the 10th floor of the London tourist attraction on 4 August.

Bravery, of west London, was previously protected by a reporting restriction that meant his identity could not be made public while he was a child.

However, the judge, Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC, sitting at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, ruled the defendant could be identified upon turning 18 after an application for a new reporting restriction was turned down.

A young French boy was thrown from the viewing platform of the Tate Modern art gallery in August (PA)
A sign posted outside of the Tate Modern following the incident (PA)

No further details from the hearing can be disclosed.

The victim, who cannot be named because of his age, is said to be "making progress”.

His family said in a statement this week that "our little boy doesn't know any more how to speak, to eat or to move his body" but that he is beginning to do his best to move his tongue, his right arm and hand.

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An update on a GoFundMe page that has now raised nearly £100,000 for the boy's medical care said: "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.

Bravery was previously protected by a reporting restriction meaning his identity could not be made public while he was a child (PA)
A police officer looks out from the viewing platform where the boy was thrown (PA)

"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.”

It adds: "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.

"And we sincerely thank you for that. We will do everything to keep strong and take care of him. We promise.”

Bravery is due to appear in court for a plea hearing next month.

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