The 17-year-old boy who was arrested after a six-year-old boy ‘fell’ from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern has been charged with attempted murder, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.
The teenager had appeared before Bromley Youth Court at 10.00am today (Tuesday 6 August). Having been charged, the Daily Mail reports he will appear at the Old Bailey on 8 August to plea, before appearing again at the Old Bailey on 22 August for a trial preparation hearing.
The court heard how the boy had suffered ‘very serious’ injuries, including fractures to his spine, legs and arms.
Magistrate David Armitage told the teenager: “You will be returned to youth detention until Thursday August 8 when you will attend the Central Criminal Court.
“You will attend there again on August 22 for a trial preparation hearing.”
The 10th floor balcony from which the boy was reportedly thrown. Credit: PA Images
Sian Morgan, prosecuting, said: “This is an incident that took place on August 4. The complainant is a six-year-old child. Visiting the Tate with his parents they were on the 10th floor viewing platform.
“He walked a couple of feet away from his parents. It is then said that the 17-year-old picked him up and threw him over the edge of the viewing platform.
“It was very swift and in one movement. The boy fell approximately 100 feet to the 5th floor.
“He suffered very serious injuries and is currently in hospital.
“He suffered fractures to his spine, legs and arms. The 17-year-old was apprehended by members of the public. Police arrived and arrested him.”
Police at the Tate Modern. Credit: PA Images
Police were called to the scene at around 2:40pm on Sunday afternoon to ‘reports of a young boy thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform of the Tate Modern in Bankside SE1,’ along with London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.
He was airlifted to hospital, where his condition was initially described as critical. However, police have since said he is now ‘stable, but critical’, and remains in hospital with his family.
The 17-year-old boy had remained with members of the public on the 10th floor viewing platform, before being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into police custody.
Police are continuing to appeal for further witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 721 4868 or @MetCC quoting CAD 4660/4August.