An autistic teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the Tate Modern was not considered a risk – despite a long history of violence, a new report has found.
Jonty Bravery had previously assaulted police and a restaurant worker, and hit support staff with a brick before the horror attack on August 4, 2019.
Bravery, who was 17, told supervisors he was going to a local shopping centre, but instead travelled to the London art gallery where, after lying in wait, he hurled a young French tourist from the 10th-storey viewing platform.
The child survived the 30 metre fall, but was left with life-changing injuries.
In March the Mirror reported that the victim, who was on holiday in the UK with his parents when the attempted murder happened, had taken his first steps without support.
Bravery, who told horrified onlookers that social services were to blame for the atrocity, is currently serving a 15-year minimum prison term for attempted murder.
A serious case review into Bravery, seen by the PA news agency, highlights a series of violent incidents in the two years before he struck, as well as other examples of troubling behaviour.
These included putting faeces in his mum’s make-up brushes and threatening to kill members of the public.
But the report concluded that Bravery’s violent behaviour had reduced at the time of the Tate Modern attack, while he was living in a bespoke placement with two-to-one care.
His accommodation was funded by Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council and the clinical commissioning group.
The report states: “There was no recent evidence that he (Bravery) presented a risk to other children or adults unknown to him.
“It was in this context that he was progressively given more freedoms, which saw him able to visit central London unaccompanied on the day of the incident.”
But the review also found that, while Bravery’s case was characterised by “appropriate efforts by professionals from across agencies to access assessment and treatment for (him)”, those efforts “were stymied due to the lack of services, placements and provisions that were suitable for his needs as an autistic young person with a co-existing conduct disorder diagnosis”.
It makes seven findings, including a lack of residential treatment options for young people with high-risk behaviours, emerging personality disorder and co-existing autism, and disincentives for support staff to escalate service gaps, creating an unmet need on behalf of the service user.
In a joint statement earlier this year, the boy’s parents said: “Regarding the progress of our little knight, he received new leg splints, lighter and more efficient.
“We are pleased to announce to you that with them, our son took his first steps alone, during physiotherapy and with us.
“Of course, this is possible only under increased surveillance, because he can fall at any time.
“But the few meters he performs delight him and us too.”