Council spent thousands trying to keep Tate murder bid teenager’s name secret

Council bosses spent thousands of pounds on legal fees in a failed bid to keep Tate Modern murder attempt teenager Jonty Bravery's name out of the public domain, the PA news agency has found.

Documents released under Freedom of Information laws show Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council paid £12,400 over the course of four court hearings as they fought with the press over naming the teenager.

Bravery was just under two months shy of his 18th birthday when he threw a six-year-old French tourist from the viewing platform of the London tourist attraction in August last year.

He was granted anonymity by the court because of his age, but the order expired on his 18th birthday – despite repeated efforts by the council to keep his identity out of the public domain for longer than that.

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Jonty Bravery will serve at least 15 years in prison (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Bravery, who has autism and a personality disorder, was a "looked after child" under the care of Hammersmith and Fulham council at the time he struck – telling horrified onlookers social services were to blame for the atrocity.

He later admitted attempted murder and was handed a prison term of at least 15 years at the Old Bailey on Friday.

The authority has since ordered a serious case review into the incident, which is due to be published in the autumn.

Council documents released to PA show the total cost for legal advice and representation at four Old Bailey court hearings covering anonymity between August 8 and October 1 2019 was £12,400.

The authority said the same barrister was not available for each occasion.

In a statement, a council spokesman said: "Our sympathies go out to the child and his family following what happened at Tate Modern.

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Emergency crews attending a scene at the Tate Modern art gallery, where a teenager has been arrested after a child fell from height and has been taken to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance.
Police officers overlook from the viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery, following the arrest of a 17-year-old male on suspicion of attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform.
A sign posted outside of the Tate Modern reminds visitors the gallery closed earlier today due to an incident in which a teenager has been arrested after a child fell from height and was taken to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance.
Visitors outside the Tate Modern as the gallery closed earlier today due to an incident in which a teenager has been arrested after a child fell from height and was taken to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance.
Emergency crews attending a scene at the Tate Modern art gallery, where a teenager has been arrested after a child fell from height and has been taken to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance.
Emergency crews attending a scene at the Tate Modern art gallery, where a teenager has been arrested after a child fell from height and has been taken to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance.
A general view of Tate Modern art gallery, where emergency crews attended a scene following the arrest of a 17-year-old male on suspicion of attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform (top left).
A secutiry guard secures the entrance as people stand outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
People talk to a secutiry guard securing the entrance to the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
People cross the Millennium Footbridge across the River Thames with the Tate Modern gallery in the background in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows the Tate Modern gallery on the southern bank of the River Thames in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
A London Air Ambulance helicopter takes off from outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police, ambulance crews and fire crews are seen outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police, ambulance crews and fire crews are seen outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police, paramedics and fire crews are seen outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling from height and being airlifted to hospital. - London's Tate Modern gallery was evacuated on Sunday after a child fell "from a height" and was airlifted to hospital. A teenager was arrested over the incident, police said, without giving any details of the child's condition. (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
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"An independent serious case review is now under way.

"It will look at what happened and the role played by all the different agencies involved."

The six-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered a bleed to the brain, fractures to his spine, and broken legs and arms in the fall.

The youngster had been visiting London with his family at the time and is now recovering in his native France.

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