Boy thrown 100ft from Tate Modern able to ‘go home’ for first time, parents say

Josh Salisbury (18 August, 2020)

The boy was left needing round-the-clock care after being thrown 100ft from the gallery's viewing platform

34398Left: Jonty Bravery and right: Tate Modern

The boy who was thrown 100ft from the Tate Modern is now able to visit home, his parents say.

The French youngster suffered catastrophic injuries when he was hurled from the Tate’s viewing gallery in an attack by eighteen-year-old Jonty Bravery.

Now his parents say their little boy, who was aged only six when the attack happened in August last year, is able to go home at the weekends and play with his toys.

“He was super happy to see his house and his toys again, even though he couldn’t go upstairs to see his room,” they said in a statement.

“Of course, he also continues his progress.

“He still spends most of his day in a wheelchair and still cannot walk on his own, but when we give him our hand, we don’t need to carry his weight anymore like before.

“It is mostly about helping him to find his balance.”

The “little knight” has also been to the seaside for the first time, and even helped build a sandcastle with a friend, his parents added.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spent time at a London hospital, before being flown back to France to recover.

His attacker, Jonty Bravery, was jailed for life earlier this year for attempted murder. An Old Bailey trial heard how Bravery had planned the attack because he wanted to be on the TV.

Sentencing him, Mrs Justice McGowan said: “What you did on the day of this offence and the way you behaved before and after the offence prove you are and will remain a grave danger to the public.”

The trial also heard how Bravery’s actions left his victim needing round-the-clock care until 2022.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which was responsible for the care of the autistic teen, is undertaking a serious case review into his care, amid concerns warning signs could have been spotted sooner.

Well-wishers from across the globe have rallied around the family, who described Bravery’s attack as “unspeakable” in a victim impact statement earlier this year.

Nearly £250,000 has been raised for the victim and his family, in order to pay for the little boy’s hospital treatment.

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