Tate pusher gets extra time in jail for attack on nurse who wanted to clean room

The teenager who hurled a six-year-old boy from the viewing platform at the Tate Modern has been slapped with extra jail time for attacking hospital staff.

Jonty Bravery, 19, admitted punching a nursing assistant, Sarah Edwards, and pulling her hair after she said she was going to clean his room.

Bravery went on to bite Maxwell King, a therapist assistant, as he came to help his colleague.

The attack took place at Broadmoor Hospital, where Bravery was being held on remand ahead of sentencing at the Old Bailey.

He pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was handed a life sentence in June for throwing the child from the 10th storey balcony in August last year.

The victim, who was on holiday with his parents, miraculously survived the 100ft fall to but suffered life changing injuries.

Bravery appeared via video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court from Belmarsh Prison on Tuesday.

He spoke to confirm his name and admitted two counts of common assault on January 29.

Emma Arbuthnot, Chief Magistrate, sentenced him to another 14 weeks in prison and told him he must pay both victims £200 in compensation.

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The Magistrate said: "In my view, what makes this really serious is this woman was quite vulnerable and in a difficult job in Broadmoor.

"It was pretty nasty. She had her back to you when you struck. You punched her face and her head, pulled her hair and took her down to the ground. It was a really horrible attack.

"Other officers came to help, then you bit the finger of the second complainant, Mr King, because he had to come to help her. It's deeply unpleasant."

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The court was told that Bravery had been taken outside to get some air when Ms Edwards went to get him a jumper.

The nursing assistant made a passing reference to tidying his room to which Bravery said “No no no” before launching into a violent frenzy.

He lunged at Ms Edwards and grabbed her from behind, before punching her around four or five times.

Bravery tried to kick the woman and was heard shouting about hurting her. He pulled a chunk of her hair out while she was left with a lump on her head and needing seven weeks off work.

Defending Bravery, Andrew Bousfield reminded the court that he has autism and a personality disorder, and that the offences were linked to his conditions.

Earlier this year Bravery dropped an appeal to be moved from Belmarsh and into a hospital, while an appeal against the 15-year-minimum order of his life sentence was dismissed.

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