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Boy thrown from 10th floor of Tate Modern spends weekend at home for the first time in a year

Written by on 18/08/2020

A six-year-old boy thrown from a 10th-floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern has been able to spend a weekend at home for the first time since the incident.

He also went on his first holiday to the seaside where “he was able to build sandcastles with a friend”.

The boy sustained serious injuries when he was thrown from the viewing platform last August by teenager Jonty Bravery.

A London Air Ambulance helicopter takes off from outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / A
Image: The six-year-old was thrown off a 10th floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern

He suffered a bleed on the brain and fractured spine, spending a month in a UK hospital before being discharged to France.

An update on a GoFundMe page, which has raised over £242,000 for his medical treatment, included a comment from his parents saying their “little knight” had returned home for the weekend.

They added that “he was super happy to see his house and his toys again”.

The boy remains in a wheelchair for the majority of time and is unable to walk independently. However, with support he has been able to walk a few metres and climb up “one or two” steps.

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His parents added that his breathing and memory have also improved as he begins to try singing and learning to read “little by little”.

Jonty Bravery
Image: Jonty Bravery has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempted murder

Bravery, who has autism and a personality disorder, was under the care of Hammersmith and Fulham Council when the attack took place.

He told onlookers at the time that social services were to blame for what he had done.

He admitted to attempted murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June.

The council is conducting a serious case review into the incident which is due to be published this autumn.

During a sentence hearing in February, a victim impact statement from the boy’s parents said: “We cannot express the horror and fear his actions have brought upon us and our son.

“How can one explain to a child that someone deliberately tried to kill him?

“How can he now ever trust mankind?”

 Sky News

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