UK teen who threw French boy from museum requests move from prison
A British teenager who threw a six-year-old French boy from an observation deck at London's Tate Modern Museum is appealing to serve his life sentence in hospital, a court heard on Wednesday.
19-year-old Jonty Bravery video link appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court from Belmarsh Prison, where he is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years for attempted murder.
The court heard that Bravery appealed his previous verdict on the grounds that he was being held at Broadmoor Hospital, a psychiatric ward for maximum safety.
His attorney Andrew Bousfield said the challenge would center on "whether he should be sentenced to a hospital warrant or in the ordinary prison population".
The troubled teen is currently on trial for an alleged assault on two nurses at Broadmoor Hospital in southern England while he was held there in January.
Bravery was jailed in June for throwing the boy off a balcony on the 10th floor of the London Museum on August 4th last year.
The young victim, who cannot be identified due to his age, fell 30 meters after being thrown upside down from the observation deck onto a roof on the fifth floor.
He broke his spine, legs, and arms and sustained a head injury. In September, the boy's family announced that he had been unaided for the first time and had made important progress with eating.
Bravery, who was 17 at the time of the attempted murder, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of five and has a personality disorder.
Psychiatrists said he also had psychopathic characteristics, although he had not been officially screened for the disease.
When asked what he was doing on the day of the attack, he is reported to have grinned and replied, "Yeah, I'm crazy ... It's not my fault. It's the social services fault."
The appeal hearing on his June verdict is scheduled for December 7th.
Bravery will appear in person in Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 18 to face two attacks in which he beat Nurses Sarah Edwards and Maxwell King.
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