Logan Mwangi: 14-year-old who murdered boy, 5, named

Logan Mwangi: 14-year-old who murdered boy, 5, named
The boy suffered 56 ‘catastrophic’ external injuries similar to those found in victims of a high-speed crash

A 14-year-old who murdered five-year-old Logan Mwangi has been named after a judge lifted an anonymity order today at Cardiff Crown Court.

Logan’s battered body was discovered in the River Ogmore in Sarn, Bridgend, last July, just a few hundred metres from the flat he shared with his family.

Craig Mulligan, 14, was detained for a minimum of 15 years after being found guilty of Logan’s murder.

The five-year-old’s mother and stepfather have also been jailed for life for the killing.

John Cole, 40, was told he would spend at least 29 years behind bars, while Angharad Williamson, 31, will serve a minimum of 28 years’ imprisonment for her son’s murder.

The boy, also known as Logan Williamson, suffered 56 “catastrophic” external injuries similar to those found in victims of a high-speed crash or a fall from a height, the court was told.

<p>The River Ogmore in Sarn, Bridgend, Wales, in the vicinity where the body of five-year-old Logan Mwangi was discovered</p>

The River Ogmore in Sarn, Bridgend, Wales, in the vicinity where the body of five-year-old Logan Mwangi was discovered

During Thursday’s sentencing trial, Ms Justice Jefford said: “You are responsible for Logan’s death and all the anguish that has followed from it.

“Because he was killed in his own home, it is not possible to be sure what has happened to him.

“Shortly before his death, at which time he was 3ft 5in and weighed only 3st 1lb, he was subjected to a brutal attack.”

The judge described the injuries Logan had suffered and added: “Also the sort of injuries seen in abused children.

“Inflicting these injuries on a small, defenceless five-year-old is nothing short of horrific.”

Both Williamson and Mulligan were found guilty of a further charge of perverting the course of justice – an offence Cole had admitted before trial.

<p>Angharad Williamson, 31, and John Cole, 40, have been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court</p>

Angharad Williamson, 31, and John Cole, 40, have been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court

The youngster, described as a “smiling, cheerful little boy”, was found by police in the river on the morning of 31 July 2021, partially submerged, and dressed in dinosaur pyjama bottoms and a Spider-Man top.

According to experts, Logan’s injuries could only have been the result of a “brutal and sustained assault” in the hours, or days, prior to his death.

They also said the injuries were “consistent with child abuse”.

Prosecutors told the court that Logan had been “dehumanised” by his family in the months and weeks leading up to his death.

The five-year-old’s stammer allegedly worsened, becoming particularly bad around Cole. He also wet himself more frequently and began self-harming.

<p>Prosecutors said Logan, 5, was kept “like a prisoner” in his bedroom - a room likened by his mother to a “dungeon” </p>

Prosecutors said Logan, 5, was kept “like a prisoner” in his bedroom – a room likened by his mother to a “dungeon”

Friends of the couple said Cole told them he did not like Logan, and others said his attitude changed after becoming obsessed with the idea that Williamson had cheated with Logan‘s father Ben Mwangi.

After Williamson gave birth to his own child, Cole was reluctant to let Logan see the baby and later claimed the boy had tried to smother the infant.

Medics made a safeguarding referral to the police after Logan suffered a broken arm in August 2020.

By March, due to concerns over Cole’s behaviour, Logan and his younger sibling had been assigned their own social worker.

In June, a month before Logan died, the family were removed from the child protection register – meaning it was believed there was no longer a risk of significant harm.

A foster family whom the youth stayed with claimed to have heard him say he wanted to kill Logan.

A support worker also heard the youth singing: “I love kids, I f****** love kids, I love to punch kids in the head, it’s orgasmic.”

Weeks before he died, Logan suffered a broken collarbone but he never got medical treatment.

On July 20, Logan tested positive for Covid-19 and he was shut in his bedroom with a baby gate barring him from leaving.

Caroline Rees QC, prosecuting, said: “He had been kept like a prisoner in his small bedroom in the flat you saw, a room likened by Williamson as a dungeon.”

Councillor Huw David, leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “The death of five-year-old Logan Mwangi has been a deeply sad and tragic affair which has affected all who live within Bridgend County Borough.

<p>A memorial garden at Tondu Primary School  in Bridgend for Logan Mwangi</p>

A memorial garden at Tondu Primary School in Bridgend for Logan Mwangi

“We are also united in our condemnation of the terrible actions of those who ended Logan‘s short life in such a cruel and brutal way, and the great lengths they went to in trying to hide the evidence of what they did from the authorities.

“Throughout the trial of his murderers, Logan was consistently described as being a loving, kind and caring little boy, one who was polite and popular among his friends and fellow pupils.

“Listening to the tributes from Logan‘s dad and his school, he was clearly a boy who brought joy and laughter to the lives of those he met, and it is hard to find adequate words for expressing just how devastating it is that such an awful murder could have happened in our county borough.”

Council chief executive Mark Shephard added: “Now that the trial has concluded, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Safeguarding Board is leading on the commissioning of a child practice review to enable relevant agencies to fully assess and consider their roles, and to determine whether any improvements can be made to further strengthen the overall standard of local services.

“We are awaiting the review’s findings, and together with our partners we will implement any recommendations that it may contain to ensure that we can provide the best, most effective services possible for the local community.”

With additional reporting from the Press Association

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