Teenager sentenced for tossing child from atop London museum

LONDON (AP) – A mentally ill 18-year-old who was said to have a big smile on his face after throwing a 6-year-old boy off the 10th floor 링크모음 viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern art gallery will spend at least 15 years in custody for attempted murder – and may never be released, a judge said Friday.

Jonty Bravery of Ealing in west London admitted in December that he hurled the boy off the balcony.

The French child, who was not identified, survived the 100-foot (30-meter) fall but suffered catastrophic injuries, including a bleed on the brain. He remains in a wheelchair and needs round-the-clock care.

“The fear he (the victim) must have experience,d and the horror his parents felt are beyond imagination,´´ said Central Criminal Court Judge Maura McGowan. “You had intended to kill someone that day.

You almost killed that 6-year-old boy.”

McGowan acknowledged expert evidence that Bravery presents “a grave and immediate risk to the public.”

“You will spend the greater part – if not all – of your life detained. … You may never be released,” she said.

Bravery watched the hearing the 20-minute hearing via video link from Broadmoor Hospital. He sat impassively, and occasionally placed his hands behind his head.

The outdoor viewing area and a rooftop bar sit atop the Tate Modern, which is Britain´s national gallery of international modern art. Visitors to the open terrace get free panoramic views of the British capital.

Bravery stalked potential victims before scooping the boy up and over the railings after the child had skipped slightly ahead of his family.

Closed camera footage of the Aug. 4 attack showed Bravery backing away from the railing.

“He can be seen to be smiling, with his arms raised.

At one point, he appears to shrug and laugh.” prosecutor Deanna Heer said. She said he turned to the boy´s father and said, “Yes I am mad.”

The family returned to France, and did not attend Friday’s hearing.

“Words cannot express the horror and fear his actions have brought up on us and our son who now, 링크모음 six months on, is wondering why he´s in hospital,´´ the boy’s parents said in a statement.

“How can he not see in every stranger a potential `villain´ who could cause him immense pain and suffering?”

Regretted consent is still consent: lawyer

Consent that is later regretted is still consent, the jury at the rape trial of footballer Jack de Belin and his friend Callan Sinclair has been told.

“You could easily conclude that they didn’t treat the complainant as attentively as they should have,” Sinclair’s barrister Craig Smith SC said on Tuesday.

“Let me make this point clear … with sensitivity, firmness and respect.

“Consent given at the relevant time but later regretted is still consent.”

In his final address to the Wollongong District Court jurors, Mr Smith submitted they would not be satisfied of either the accuracy or the reliability of the complaint’s evidence.

Sinclair, 23, and the 29-year-old NRL and NSW State of Origin star have pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault, saying the early-morning encounter in a North Wollongong unit in December 2018 was consensual.

De Belin’s barrister, David Campbell SC, who will continue his address on Wednesday, stressed the “powerful” evidence given about his client’s good character and the content of secretly recorded conversations when the accused repeatedly referred to consensual sex.

Mr Smith noted CCTV footage from Mr Crown bar which he said involved dancing with the 19-year-old woman, touching of the breasts and passionate kissing.

“Everyone is entitled to have a good dance, 주소모음 young women and 주소모음 men, 주소모음 and everyone likewise is entitled to be keen on each other,” he said.

Her “affection”, particularly to Sinclair, and the attraction did not cease or stop, and there was nothing wrong with what she was doing.

“By the time they had left Mr Crown they had hooked up,” he said.

It was open for the jury to conclude that each of the three knew they weren’t going onto another club, but somewhere else.

Footage of their ride in a tuk-tuk after leaving the bar showed it to be “a happy time”, not the “angry” time described by the woman.

“The complainant’s evidence was the whole reason they were leaving town was effectively so the two boys could charge their phones,” he said.

But he asked if it made sense that two men who had been on a Santa pub crawl would go home to do that or even to change their clothes.

“Or 주소모음 does it make more sense that three people are going somewhere together consensually?” he asked.

Referring to telephone intercepts, he submitted they wouldn’t have known they were being recorded.

“Every time there is mention of sexual activity it is consensual sexual activity,” he said.

“You might think in the telephone intercepts, there is utter disbelief of the suggestion of a sexual assault.”

Prosecutor David Scully earlier alleged that de Belin expected he could do whatever he wanted to the woman, who said she had gone to the bathroom in the unit when he walked in with no clothes on.

“He expected when he walked around naked it would inevitably lead to sex,” he said.

“He formed the view it was going to happen whether the complainant liked it or not.

“He took that sex by force ladies and gentlemen.”

Mr Scully said de Belin’s version of events given to the jury was that permission was sought for every movement between the three of them.

“You might think that in creating what the Crown says was a fake version of events, they just went too far,” he said.

“The version they gave just sounds inherently implausible.”

US moves toward banning more Chinese telecoms carriers: FCC

China Unicom -- one of the world's largest carriers -- insisted that it has never acted illegally and expected a "thorough, fair and fact-based review of the company's conduct by the FCC"

China Unicom — one of the world’s largest carriers — insisted that it has never acted illegally and 링크모음 expected a “thorough, fair and fact-based review of the company’s conduct by the FCC”

Regulators have begun legal proceedings that could strip three Chinese state-owned telecommunications companies of their right to operate in the United States, officials said Wednesday, citing national security concerns.

The three firms — China Unicom America, Pacific Networks, 링크모음 and ComNet — had failed to adequately prove their Americas operations were not subject to “undue influence” from Beijing, the Federal Communications Commission said.

Commission officials voted 4-0 at a hearing to begin an investigation, which could see the firms stripped of their right to operate within the US.

“The threat to our networks from entities aligned with Communist China is one that we must address head on, and I am pleased that the FCC continues to show the strength and resolve necessary to meet this menace,” FCC commissioner Brendan Carr said in a statement.

“When it comes to Communist China, we have set a high bar for action over the last few years,” he added.

The move spells more bad news for the embattled firms’ US operations, following a January decision by the New York Stock Exchange to bar them from trading.

In a statement following Wednesday’s ruling, China Unicom — one of the world’s largest carriers — insisted that it has never acted illegally and expected a “thorough, fair and fact-based review of the company´s conduct by the FCC,” Bloomberg reported.

Wednesday’s decision comes amid a broader drive by US regulators to crackdown on Chinese telecoms groups they see as a threat to national security.

Last week, regulators listed tech giant Huawei to a roster of communications companies thought to pose “an unacceptable risk”, signalling that hopes for are set with the United States under President Joe Biden, after the firm was battered by sanctions imposed by Donald Trump’s administration, were unfounded.

Owner of G-A-Y slams Government's 'ridiculous' Covid Tiers

The owner of G-A-Y has slammed the Government’s ‘ridiculous’ coroanvirus tier system after the famous bar was forced to reopen with table service and food from McDonald’s.

Jeremy Joseph said the Government had ‘discriminated against wet-led venues’ in its rules to tackle Covid-19.

He claimed ministers had failed to give clear guidance. 

In order to reopen under London‘s Tier 2 restrictions, the brand’s popular Old Compton Street bar worked with a number of nearby restaurants – including McDonald’s – to offer a table service menu from tomorrow.

The change, along with the introduction of masks and social distancing, means the experience at one of London’s most renowned venues is a long way from the usual mix of dancing and glitter.

Jeremy Joseph (pictured with his dog Jacob at G-A-Y bar in Soho) said the Government had 'discriminated against wet-led venues' in its rules to tackle Covid-19. He claimed ministers had failed to give clear guidance

Jeremy Joseph (pictured with his dog Jacob at G-A-Y bar in Soho) said the Government had ‘discriminated against wet-led venues’ in its rules to tackle Covid-19.

He claimed ministers had failed to give clear guidance

In order to reopen under London's Tier 2 restrictions, the brand's popular Old Compton Street bar worked with a number of nearby restaurants - including McDonald's - to offer a table service menu from tomorrow. Pictured, a Deliveroo driver with McDonald's in Chelmsford

In order to reopen under London’s Tier 2 restrictions, the brand’s popular Old Compton Street bar worked with a number of nearby restaurants – including McDonald’s – to offer a table service menu from tomorrow.

Pictured, a Deliveroo driver with McDonald’s in Chelmsford

However, G-A-Y nightclub by Manchester’s Canal Street remains closed due to Tier 3 restrictions. 

Mr Joseph’s other London venue, Heaven – which has hosted the likes of Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue – is due to reopen this weekend despite uncertainty over what guidance it needs to follow.

Usually a club and live music venue, Heaven is set to show musical theatre from Saturday instead. However, 링크모음 management are still waiting to hear if they can work within theatre rules – which permit the sale of alcohol without food.

‘The Government haven’t really thought about this at all,’ Mr Joseph said.

‘They are so out of touch.

The problem is they haven’t ever had a conversation with hospitality.’

‘It’s all very well saying you’ve got to serve food. But that’s not what we do. Do they want me to suddenly open a kitchen and start cooking when I have no idea about food hygiene?’ he said.

The change, along with the introduction of masks and social distancing, means the experience at one of London's most renowned venues (pictured) is a long way from the usual mix of dancing and glitter

The change, along with the introduction of masks and social distancing, means the experience at one of London’s most renowned venues (pictured) is a long way from the usual mix of dancing and glitter

‘The reason we teamed up with other restaurants is because that’s what they do for a living.’

Since taking over in the 1990s, Mr Joseph has overseen the transformation of G-A-Y from a popular club night to a multi-venue brand.

However, his frustration at the Government’s handling of coronavirus prompted him to launch a legal challenge in October over its 10pm curfew on hospitality, which was refused.

The Government has now relaxed the curfew to 11pm.

The curfew, social distancing rules and lower footfall in city centres will mean takings in those venues that are able to open are still well down on normal years, 주소모음 and that after several months of no income at all due to lockdowns.

Members of the public who have ordered McDonalds at the G-A-Y bar in Soho, London

Members of the public who have ordered McDonalds at the G-A-Y bar in Soho, London

A mobile till to order food at the G-A-Y bar in Soho, London. The bar is serving food from other restaurants including McDonald's to adhere to the substantial meal requirement as part of the Government's coronavirus restrictions

A mobile till to order food at the G-A-Y bar in Soho, London. The bar is serving food from other restaurants including McDonald’s to adhere to the substantial meal requirement as part of the Government’s coronavirus restrictions

He believes that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has missed a chance to keep many more businesses alive by failing to address the costs businesses face on rents.

‘One of the reasons Debenhams and Topshop have gone under is that they couldn’t afford the rent.

‘Their biggest cost of keeping going was rent …

rent for G-A-Y Bar in Old Compton Street is £127,000 every three months. So god knows what Topshop is.

‘If you’ve got zero income … that’s the thing Rishi has avoided the whole way through,’ Mr Joseph said.

In October Mr Joseph launced a legal challenge against the Government’s 10pm curfew – saying the hospitality trade had been ‘thrown under the bus’. 

Landlords in Tier 2 areas can only sell alcoholic beverages with a 'substantial meal' under new rules which come into force in England today - so the Brewer's Arms in Worcester has teamed up with a local chippie to allow it to serve food

Landlords in Tier 2 areas can only sell alcoholic beverages with a ‘substantial meal’ under new rules which come into force in England today – so the Brewer’s Arms in Worcester has teamed up with a local chippie to allow it to serve food

Lawyers wrote to the health secretary threatening a judicial review and Mr Joseph said he would start legal proceedings if Matt Hancock did not reply. 

He wants to overturn the curfew because it ‘makes absolutely no sense’ and 주소모음 does ‘the opposite of protecting people’.

The government brought in the controversial measure on September 24 to try to stem the surge in coronavirus cases across the country. 

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Boris Johnson gave his backing to savvy pub landlords who are using takeaways as a way of providing customers with a ‘substantial meal’.

Downing Street has given the thumbs-up for ‘wet pubs’ – which do not normally serve meals – to team up with local fast food outlets in order to carry on pulling pints. 

Households are also banned from mixing indoors, causing many punters to brave the chilly weather tonight to dine al-fresco (soho pictured)

Households are also banned from mixing indoors, 링크모음 causing many punters to brave the chilly weather tonight to dine al-fresco (soho pictured)

However a spokesman said pubs must be in an agreement with ‘local restaurants’ in order to keep within England’s new Covid Tier 2 rules.

Punters will not be allowed to bring their own food into a pub – pouring cold water on plans to use food delivery services such as Deliveroo. 

New rules, which came into force in England this week, mean landlords in Tier 2 areas can only sell alcoholic beverages with a ‘substantial meal’.

Households are also banned from mixing indoors, causing many punters to brave the chilly weather tonight to dine al-fresco.

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