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The boy, a tourist who was 6 at the time, was hospitalized with “catastrophic injuries” following the incident on August 4, which took place on the 10th floor of the museum.
Jonty Bravery, of West London, admitted one count of attempted murder at London’s Old Bailey court in December, saying he threw the child from a balcony of the Thames-side tourist attraction in August with the intention of killing him so he could be on the news.
The boy survived but suffered life-changing injuries as a result of falling five floors from a 10th-floor viewing platform. He suffered a bleed to his brain and a number of fractured bones.
Addressing 18-year-old Bravery on Friday, the judgment from Justice Maura McGowan read : “I cannot emphasise too clearly that this is not a 15-year sentence. The sentence is detention for life. The minimum term is 15 years. Your release cannot be considered before then, you may never be released.”
“You had intended to kill someone that day,” the judgment added. “The injuries you caused are horrific. That little boy has suffered permanent and life-changing injuries.”
Bravery, aged 17 at the time, was caught and held by museum patrons who witnessed the incident until police arrived.
In an initial hearing in August last year, a court heard that the child was visiting the modern art museum with his family on August 4 when he was approached by a stranger, who picked him up and threw him off the viewing platform.
At the hearing it emerged that the child’s life was probably saved by the slant of the fifth-floor roof on which he landed. Nevertheless, he suffered a bleed to his brain and fractures to his spine, legs and arms.