Boy thrown from Tate Modern viewing platform can now stand unaided
Written by on 28 September 2020
The young boy who was thrown from the Tate Modern viewing platform can now stand unaided, his family has said.
The seven-year-old has moved to a recovery centre in his native France more than a year after he was thrown from the 10th-storey balcony by Jonty Bravery.
Bravery, now 18, is serving a 15-year prison sentence for attempted murder after he was seen throwing the boy in front of horrified onlookers at the London tourist attraction in August last year.
In an update on their GoFundMe page, the victim’s family said he has been making some progress.
They said: “He can at last stand on his legs without any help or support!
“Furthermore, his memory is gradually improving: he can now remember activities he has done the same day or the day before!
“Regarding food, he now eats almost alone (after everything has been cut out and prepared for him) and, in a suitable glass, he begins to drink slightly thickened liquids!”
Last month, the boy was able to spend his first weekend at home since the incident and also went on holiday to the seaside where he built sandcastles with a friend.
He now spends his weekdays at the rehabilitation centre and weekends at home with his family.
“At the moment, we are still far from home, but we have come close enough that our son’s friends can come and visit him more often, as well as our family,” the latest update said.
“The lockdown had isolated us so much: it was really, really hard.
“We strongly believe in this new centre.”
Bravery, who has autism and a personality disorder, had a history of violent behaviour and was only allowed to leave his supported accommodation for four hours a day without supervision.
Witnesses said he had smiled and laughed after throwing the young boy and told the victim’s father that he was “mad”.
Bravery’s defence counsel told jurors at his trial that he is “unlikely” to ever be allowed into the community.