Jonty Bravery, the teenager who allegedly threw a six-year-old boy off of the tenth-story viewing platform at Tate Modern in London on August 4, has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder, the BBC reports. The boy, a French national who was visiting the museum with his family, suffered a bleed to the brain and is still recovering from his injuries, which have been described as “life changing,” after falling one-hundred feet. Bravery, who is eighteen years old and from Ealing, a borough of west London, will be sentenced in February.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, a public agency responsible for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales, Bravery told the Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court, that he went to the museum with the intention of killing someone so that he can be on the news. “Eye witness accounts and CCTV footage, along with Bravery’s admissions at the time of the arrest that his actions were pre-planned, meant he had little choice but to accept responsibility for his actions,” said prosecutor Emma V. Jones. “There will be no trial as a result, and the boy’s family are spared having to relive this traumatic experience in court.”
Bravery claims he committed the crime to prove a point to people who refused to believe he had mental health problems. According to the Associated Press, Bravery’s lawyer, Philippa McAtasney, said that he has autistic spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and likely a personality disorder. The teen will be held at a psychiatric hospital until his sentencing. The authorities do not believe Bravery knew the young boy, whose identity has not been disclosed because of his age, before the incident.
Speaking to the press, the victim’s family said that their son had not recovered mobility in his limbs or full brain function. “Life stopped for us four months ago,” they said. “We don’t know when, or even if, we will be able to return to work, or return to our home, which is not adapted for a wheelchair.” A GoFundMe page for the boy has since raised $182,000 since it was launched on August 6.