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Mother, stepfather and 14-year-old boy are found GUILTY of murdering Logan Mwangi

Mother, stepfather and 14-year-old boy are found GUILTY of murdering Logan Mwangi 2

John Cole, Angharad Williamson and a 14-year-old youth have been found guilty of murdering five-year-old Logan Mwangi.  

Logan was found dead on July 31 last year in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park in Bridgend, just 400 metres from his home – with 56 injuries to his three-stone body.

He appeared to have been ‘fly-tipped like rubbish’ and medical experts said Logan’s injuries were such that they were compared to a ‘fall from a great height’ or a ‘high velocity road traffic collision’.

At Cardiff Crown Court, Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson, 31, was accused of murdering the five-year-old and then covering up his death by destroying evidence.  

She was on trial with her partner John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons. 

The trio have now been convicted of Logan’s murder. 

Williamson could be heard screaming ‘no, no, no’ from the dock as the jury found her guilty of murdering her son.

Mrs Justice Jefford told her: ‘Out of respect for your son, and out of respect for (the youth defendant) could you be quiet while verdicts are returned.’

Williamson and the 14-year-old defendant were also found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

The judge adjourned for sentencing on a date yet to be fixed.

During his closing speech to the jury, Cole's barrister David Elias QC said Williamson (Pictured with Cole and her son Logan) had repeatedly changed her accounts surrounding Logan's death

During his closing speech to the jury, Cole’s barrister David Elias QC said Williamson (Pictured with Cole and her son Logan) had repeatedly changed her accounts surrounding Logan’s death 

Logan Mwangi's mother Angharad Williamson, 31, (left) went on trial at Cardiff Crown Court with her partner John Cole (right), 40, and a 14-year-old boy accused of killing him

Logan Mwangi’s mother Angharad Williamson, 31, (left) went on trial at Cardiff Crown Court with her partner John Cole (right), 40, and a 14-year-old boy accused of killing him

Logan (pictured) was found dead in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, around 250 metres from the flat where he lived with his family in Lower Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend on the morning of July 31, 2021

Logan (pictured) was found dead in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, around 250 metres from the flat where he lived with his family in Lower Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend on the morning of July 31, 2021

Logan Mwangi (pictured) was found dead on July 31 last year in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park in Bridgend, just 400 metres from his home - with 56 injuries to his three-stone body

Logan Mwangi (pictured) was found dead on July 31 last year in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park in Bridgend, just 400 metres from his home – with 56 injuries to his three-stone body

TIMELINE: THE LOGAN MWANGI MURDER  

2020 

August: Police were called to the family home, a year before Logan died, after he suffered a broken arm from apparently falling down stairs.

2021

May: Social services took no action when Logan burned his neck on a hot bath tap. Their investigation relied on photographs of the tap and Logan’s injuries. 

July 31: A five-year-old boy is found dead in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park in Bridgend

August 2: The boy is named as ‘funny and polite’ Logan Williamson. South Wales Police question three suspects.

August 5: Logan’s stepfather John Cole is charged with murder as the boy’s mother Angharad Williamson and a 13-year-old boy are jointly charged with perverting the course of justice – along with Cole.

August 7: Hundreds of well-wishers release red balloons into the sky at a vigil next to the river bank where Logan was found dead.

September 1: Inquest into Logan’s death hears that the five-year-old could have suffered a ‘violent or unnatural death’.

October 21: Logan’s mother is charged with murder along with the teenager, now 14.

2022

February 4: Angharad Williamson denies murder and causing or allowing the death of a child at Cardiff Crown Court. She has previously pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice.

John also appeared in court and denied causing or allowing the death of a child. He had already pleaded not guilty to murder and guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The 14-year-old boy had earlier denied murder and perverting the course of justice.

February 14: The three defendants appear in court to stand trial for the alleged murder of Logan.

February 21: The court hears that Logan suffered 56 catastrophic injuries to his body after he was allegedly beaten to death by his mother, stepfather and a ‘violent’ 14-year-old boy.

Jurors were told that the little boy was murdered after he caught Covid, before Williamson and Cole dumped his body in a river as if they were ‘fly-tipping’ rubbish.

The trio were said to have covered-up the horrific crime in an ‘elaborate charade’ by claiming Logan had gone missing or been kidnapped while in isolation.

Logan, a cheerful, chatty and caring little boy, was assaulted with such force at his home in home in Sarn, South Wales, that doctors compared his injuries to a high-speed car crash. 

Cole and the youth were accused of moving Logan’s body to the river while Williamson allegedly tried to remove incriminating evidence from the house and wash bloodstained bedsheets. 

The trio were said to have covered-up the horrific crime in an ‘elaborate charade’ by claiming Logan had gone missing or been kidnapped while in isolation. 

Williamson had denied any involvement in her son’s death, saying she slept the whole night through and woke to find him missing.

Williamson and the youth denied murder and perverting the course of justice. 

Cole denied murder but admitted perverting the course of justice.

Williamson and Cole also denied causing or allowing the death of a child. 

The little boy was murdered after he caught Covid, before Williamson and Cole dumped his body in a river as if they were ‘fly-tipping’ rubbish, the court was told.  

 Williamson, dressed in a navy blue blazer and glasses with dark brown hair, appeared distressed and as a summary of the evidence against her and the two other defendants was described by Caroline Rees QC.

She began to cry, becoming more upset as the jury was shown a picture of Logan and the circumstances of the five-year-old’s death was described.  

A jury heard Williamson dialled 999 claiming her son had vanished in the night and said he’d been kidnapped from his bed after finding the garden gate open.

Williamson was heard calling Logan’s name during the 999 call and her partner and the teenage defendant went around asking neighbours if they had seen him. 

Logan was found wearing only mis-matched pyjamas in the river by police a short time later, taken to the town’s Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.   

The court heard that, on the afternoon of July 30, a social worker made an unscheduled visit to Cole and Williamson’s address but was told she could not see Logan because he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was in self-isolation. 

The trial had heard that Logan was ‘dehumanised’ in his final days by his mother, stepfather and the 14-year-old boy.

In her closing speech to the jury, Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said he had been kept ‘like a prisoner in his small bedroom – a room described by Angharad Williamson as ”like a dungeon” with the curtains closed and a barred child’s gate stopping him from moving about the rest of the flat’.

She added: ‘That little boy was being made to face a wall as food was being delivered so other members of the house did not catch Covid.

‘What must have he thought of the way his life was in these 10 days? He was dehumanised by each of the defendants.’

Ms Rees said that Logan had become ‘anxious, wetting himself, harming himself by pinching or biting himself’ in his last weeks. 

But she added that instead of seeing to Logan’s needs, Williamson and Cole became ‘irritated’ and ‘annoyed’ by him and would punish him further.  

Ms Rees told the jury at Cardiff Crown Court that after killing Logan, the three defendants worked on ‘cleaning up the scene and putting a trail in place to lead the police up the wrong track’.

Pictured: Floral tributes and teddy bears left in Sarn on August 2

Pictured: Floral tributes and teddy bears left in Sarn on August 2

Pictured: Five-year-old Logan

Cole and Williamson

A post-mortem examination was carried out on August 2. Cole, Williamson (right) and the youth faced a jury over the boy’s death

The little boy was murdered after he caught Covid, before Williamson and Cole dumped his body in a river as if they were 'fly-tipping' rubbish, a court heard

The little boy was murdered after he caught Covid, before Williamson and Cole dumped his body in a river as if they were ‘fly-tipping’ rubbish, a court heard

Logan was found by officers on the riverbank on July 31 and taken to the town’s Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. Pictured: Police at the scene

Logan was found by officers on the riverbank on July 31 and taken to the town’s Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. Pictured: Police at the scene

Ms Rees said Williamson and Cole had ‘worked together’ in the past to cover up Logan’s injuries including an apparent dislocated shoulder and a burn to his neck.

She said: ‘They put their own self-interests first ahead of the needs of Logan.

‘Working together to lie to protect themselves in the context of an injury to Logan, and not only did they lie but they managed to convince medical staff, social workers and even the police.’

‘Their motive for lying is to cover up their own involvement.’

Angharad Williamson, 30, in the dock

John Cole giving evidence at Cardiff Crown Court,

Pictured: Angharad Williamson (left) and John Cole (right) pictured in court sketches

Logan Mwangi was discovered in a river close to his home after being reported missing by his mother

Logan Mwangi was discovered in a river close to his home after being reported missing by his mother 

South Wales police constable Lauren Keen found Logan lying dead in the River Ogmore within Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend just after 6am on July 31. Pictured: Police and forensic officers at the scene

South Wales police constable Lauren Keen found Logan lying dead in the River Ogmore within Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend just after 6am on July 31. Pictured: Police and forensic officers at the scene

Revealed: Bodybuilding 6ft4 racist stepfather who murdered Logan Mwangi was a National Front member who bulled the five-year-old, calling him ‘Coco-pop’ and forcing him to eat Weetabix as family scoffed KFC 

Logan Mwangi’s stepfather John Cole is a former National Front member who nicknamed the five-year-old ‘Coco Pop’ and made him eat Weetabix while the rest of the family feasted on a KFC.

Cole had claimed ‘Coco Pop’ was a term of affection but he had a history of meeting up with racist groups, and soon after meeting partner Angharad Williamson he told a friend during a gym session: ‘I don’t like Logan.’

His girlfriend from 20 years ago Anna Powell described him as ‘racist and homophobic’, a preliminary hearing was told.

Six-foot four-inch Cole had claimed he was in the Special Forces in the military but there is no record of him ever being a regular in the British Army.

But the bullying stepfather would use army-style punishments to discipline five-year-old Logan when he was naughty.

The ‘polite and chatty’ schoolboy was made to do press-ups until he was in tears and would collapse on the floor.

Cole also make him eat Weetabix while the rest of the family tucked into a KFC, smacking his lips and telling the little boy how good the takeaway tasted.

Shame: Cole hides his face as he arrives at Cardiff Crown Court

Shame: Cole hides his face as he arrives at Cardiff Crown Court

Cole had claimed 'Coco Pop' was a term of affection but he had a history of meeting up with racist groups, and soon after meeting partner Angharad Williamson he told a friend during a gym session: 'I don't like Logan' (pictured)

Cole had claimed ‘Coco Pop’ was a term of affection but he had a history of meeting up with racist groups, and soon after meeting partner Angharad Williamson he told a friend during a gym session: ‘I don’t like Logan’ (pictured)

The prosecution argued that the term Coco Pop was ‘dehumanising and disrespectful’ towards mixed race Logan and evidence of Cole’s ‘long-standing, firmly held racist beliefs’.

It was put forward as a motive why Cole killed the ‘polite and chatty’ schoolboy on July 31 last year but the judge in the trial ruled it was inadmissible in the trial.

But the preliminary hearing, which can now be reported, was told Cole’s ex-girlfriends Miss Powell and Lauren Acton both claimed he was violent towards them ‘in a domestic setting’. Acton was pregnant at the time.

Cole – known to everyone as Jay – had assaulted Williamson while her friend Jodie Simmons was in another room at the family’s flat in Bridgend.

Ms Simmons said she heard a scream and went into the sitting room where Cole said he’d pushed her.

But Williamson said he’d strangled her and Simmons could see red marks around her neck.

Cole, who was born in the Midlands, met Angharad Williamson in a local pub and the pair set up home in a nearby rented two-bedroomed flat where they had a loud and stormy relationship. 

Six-foot four-inch John Cole (pictured with Angharad Williamson) had claimed he was in the Special Forces in the military but there is no record of him ever being a regular in the British Army

Six-foot four-inch John Cole (pictured with Angharad Williamson) had claimed he was in the Special Forces in the military but there is no record of him ever being a regular in the British Army

Court artist sketch of John Cole giving evidence at Cardiff Crown Court

Court artist sketch of John Cole giving evidence at Cardiff Crown Court

Neighbours would say ‘Baldy’s kicking off again’ when they heard Cole shouting at Williamson or Logan.

The ground-floor flat is just a three-minute walk to the river where Cole dumped Logan’s body like ‘fly-tipping rubbish’ at 2am on July 31 last year.

Giving evidence to the murder trial about the tragic events of that night, Cole said he was woken at 2am by Williamson screaming: ‘Logan’s dead’.

He claimed he spent 10 to 15 minutes performing CPR before putting him in a Spiderman T-shirt and carrying him out of the flat.

Cole told the jury: ‘We were panicking and didn’t know what to do. We mentioned about phoning the police and ambulance but Logan was already dead.’

‘Angharad said to me: ”What do we do? What do we do?” I said: ”What do you want me to do?” We went backwards and forwards for a good five minutes or so.’

Asked why he didn’t call for an ambulance Cole replied: ‘Shock, panic. The situation didn’t make sense and I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t thinking properly, Logan was deceased, he was already dead.

‘I believe Angharad said to me: ”Just get him out of here”.’

Cole denied causing the brutal head injuries that led to his stepson’s death but admitted clipping him around the head for misbehaving while the five-year-old was in lockdown because of Covid.

Controlling Cole banned Williamson’s mother Clare Williamson from visiting their flat after they ‘clashed heads’.

She told the trial: ‘Jay more and more came between me and Angharad and he put his foot down. That put an end to our relationship.’

Cole lied to a friend that he had a 99-year suspended sentence hanging over him in an attempt to show he was not to be messed with.

But he does have convictions for assault, burglary, blackmail, intimidation and resisting a police officer.

Neighbours said he lived off benefits and spent most of his days playing computer games in the flat.

One local said: ‘People found him overbearing, he’s a tall bloke and uses his height to intimidate people. It’s a mind power thing, he’s not a hard nut or anything.

‘He was not someone you’d invite around for a cup of tea and a lot of people around here would cross the road if they saw him coming.’

 

ANGHARAD WILLIAMSON: LOGAN’S MOTHER

Angharad Williamson, pictured in a sketch from Cardiff Crown Court  on Wednesday, told a jury today that she was a 's*** mother' who had failed to protect her son from harm

Angharad Williamson, pictured in a sketch from Cardiff Crown Court  on Wednesday, told a jury today that she was a ‘s*** mother’ who had failed to protect her son from harm

Angharad Williamson admitted she was a ‘s*** mother’ and told the court young Logan was ‘scared s***less’ of her boyfriend who had earlier threatened to kill him. 

Williamson, 31, sobbed as she told the court that John Cole, 40, dragged the boy out of his room and demanded he answer his questions about a broken stereo – but the terrified boy could only muster a stutter, before he was allegedly punched and crashed to the floor. 

The sickening attack was said to have taken place just two days before Logan was discovered dead in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park.

Williamson admitted that by January 2021 her son was a ‘very unhappy child’. 

The court heard Williamson failed to tell officers of an attack on Logan by her partner John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old boy two days before his death, until her fifth police interview.

Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said that after being arrested Williamson said in a police car that she wanted ‘justice for Logan’.

Ms Rees asked Williamson: ‘If this was really about justice for Logan then why did you for your first four interviews not tell the truth?’

Williamson replied: ‘I was scared.’

Ms Rees asked her: ‘And you being scared was more important to you than getting justice for Logan?’

Williamson replied: ‘I was selfish.’

Ms Rees said: ‘You were looking after your own interests weren’t you?’

Williamson replied: ‘Yes, I was protecting myself.’  

She said she felt ‘guilty’ and ‘ashamed’ that she had failed to protect Logan, but insisted she was telling the truth in the witness box, crying as she said: ‘I’ve got nothing to lose’.

Williamson, sketched on April 6, said she didn't 'feel like a mother anymore'

Williamson, sketched on April 6, said she didn’t ‘feel like a mother anymore’ 

Williamson (pictured in a court sketch) denied she was awake through the night of Logan's death and took part in his murder

Williamson (pictured in a court sketch) denied she was awake through the night of Logan’s death and took part in his murder

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