A teenager accused of throwing a six-year-old boy from a 200ft balcony at the Tate Modern can be named for the first time today.Jonty Bravery is alleged to have snatched the child from his mother’s arms and hurled him from the tenth floor in front of horrified onlookers.He survived, but his parents revealed days ago that he still cannot move, eat normally or speak.Bravery, from Ealing, west London, who did not know the family, is charged with attempted murder.He can be named today as he turns 18.In a hearing yesterday, the Recorder of London, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, refused a defence request to extend his right to anonymity until he is transferred from juvenile prison to another institution.
The victim was left in a critical condition with fractures to his spine, legs and arms and a bleed on the brain. His parents, who care for him in a London hospital, said this week: ‘Our little boy doesn’t know any more how to speak, to eat or to move his body but he begins to do his best to move his tongue, his right arm and hand.’We see his efforts. He is very brave. He keeps on smiling and reacting to our jokes.’We begin to see also, unfortunately, his suffering… 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.’