AN autistic teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the Tate Modern was not considered a risk despite a string of previous assaults, a report has found.
Jonty Bravery was 17 when he hurled a young French tourist from the 10th storey viewing platform in central London.
Jonty Bravery, pictured, threw a child fro m the Tate Modern in central LondonCredit: AFP
The Tate Modern was evacuated after a boy was thrown from a viewing platformCredit: PA:Press Association
The child survived, but has undergone round-the-clock treatment following the incident on August 4, 2019.
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 highlights a series of violent incidents in the two years before he struck.
The report states he previously assaulted police and a restaurant worker as well as hitting support staff with a brick.
It also includes other examples of troubling behaviour such as putting faeces in his mother’s make-up brushes and threatening to kill members of the public.
But it also 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 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.”
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.
The report showed that Bravery was sent to a residential school, where he attacked a fellow pupil after losing a game of 10-pin bowling – the review stated the injuries “could have been life-threatening”.
The local authority approached “over 60 establishments” to find a suitable alternative for Bravery, but all “either felt that (Bravery) presented a higher risk than they could safely manage, or had no vacancies”, the review found.
He was then sent to a specialist children’s home where his brief stay was characterised by “several violent incidents”.
On one occasion he assaulted a member of staff with a brick after being told his poor behaviour at a local leisure centre would be documented on his behaviour report.
Bravery appeared at the Old Bailey where he was given a 15-year minimum prison term for attempted murderCredit: PA:Press Association
Emergency services rushed to the scene following the shocking incident
A few days later, Bravery assaulted a police officer called to his room amid concerns that he was secreting a brick.
The teenager was later sent to live in a flat in West London but had to move to another facility after assaulting a member of care staff by dragging her along the floor by her hair.
A year before the Tate attack, Bravery called police to his flat, saying he was thinking of killing people, during which he assaulted an officer.
The following month he made two claims to support staff that he wanted to go out in the community “so that he could assault a member of the public and be arrested and put in prison”.
Staff believed he was making these statements to provoke a reaction from the support worker.
The review said: “It is evident that professionals working with (Bravery) at this time did not think he would act on these statements, which were seen as attention-seeking behaviour.
Unfortunately (Bravery) also had incidents of premeditated instrumental aggression that were not explained by his autism and therefore were unlikely to be resolved through such therapy.”
“This was because all of (Bravery’s) actions were viewed as products of his autistic behaviour and there was no consideration of these threats in a context of conduct disorder.”
Five months before the Tate attack, he assaulted a member of staff at Burger King in Brighton after punching his care worker.
The review said: “Unfortunately (Bravery) also had incidents of premeditated instrumental aggression that were not explained by his autism and therefore were unlikely to be resolved through such therapy.
“The fact that these incidents were rare, though could be dangerous, made it easier for them to drift from view.”
It found the “apparent abruptness of the escalation” of Bravery’s situation – such as sending him to a psychiatric hospital at the age of 14 – to be a “striking feature” of his case.
The review said Bravery, now 19, needed residential therapeutic solutions that could enable him, as an autistic young person, to engage in a treatment regime for his conduct disorder.
“But such a residential option did not exist,” it added.
“This meant that the legal frameworks available provided limited options for Bravery at the time.”
Bravery’s father told the review he felt “frustrated” at the apparent lack of expertise of private care providers in dealing with his son.