A chilling recording of the autistic teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the top of the Tate Modern reveals he told carers he wanted to do it almost a year before the tragedy.
Jonty Bravery, 18, shoved the French schoolboy off the museum’s viewing gallery as horrified tourists watched on August 4 last year.
The youngster fell 100ft and was airlifted to hospital with a bleed on the brain and breaks to his spine, legs and arms. He is still in hospital, severely disabled.
But a shocking new audio clip reveals he told carers he wanted to push someone off a high landmark in central London so he could escape care and go to prison instead.
He tells social workers: ‘If I could do it right now, I would. I’ve got it in my head, a way to, a way to kill somebody.’
Asked why he was prepared to commit murder to get out of council care, he said it was because his iPad had been confiscated.
Recorded by his carers in autumn 2018, Bravery calmly explains the plot taking shape in his mind, to go on a visit to central London ‘as if we’re having a normal day’ and ‘visit some of the landmarks’.
He said: ‘It could be the Shard, it could be anything… as long as it’s a high thing. And we could go up and visit it, and then push one of… push somebody off it.’
Bravery told his carers he was determined to kill someone because ‘I know for a fact, I’m going to go to prison, if I do that’.
He added: ‘I’ve got it in my head, I have to, I have to kill somebody to go to prison, to be away from here…I just need to tell you….In the next few months – it has to be, the latest has to be by February, in my head, yeah – but ideally I want to do it before.’
The carer asks him: ‘Has there been anything in particular that triggered this off?
The boy replies: ‘Moving back here and my iPad going, yeah.’
The carer then asks: ‘So if you were to get an iPad, for example, that would basically cancel everything,’ to which Bravery replies: ‘Yes!’
Bravery pleaded guilty to attempted murder at the Old Bailey in December and is awaiting sentencing.
Hammersmith and Fulham council in London had responsibility for Bravery, and it subcontracted the work to an experienced private care provider named Spencer and Arlington.
Bravery lived in a flat provided by the council in Northolt, west London, where a team of up to six Spencer and Arlington carers, working in pairs, looked after him day and night.
In autumn 2018, Bravery admitted to one of his carers that he wanted to throw someone from a tall building. Concerned, the carer asked him to repeat it in front of a second carer, and that is when they recorded his confession.
Although neither of them was working with Bravery on August 4, 2019, they claimed he was allowed out that day entirely on his own to visit the Tate Modern, which has a ten-storey-high observation deck with open views over central London.
An independent serious case review has now been set up to find out exactly what went wrong.