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Mother who murdered Logan featured in a homemade slasher movie finding the body of a dead child

Logan Mwangi’s evil mother acted out a homemade slasher movie finding the body of a dead child years before she murdered her own son and shamelessly shed crocodile tears while faking panic on a 999 call, footage which has emerged now reveals.

Video shows wannabe filmmaker Angharad Williamson as a teenager finding a dead family member on a sofa and then screaming in terror at her shock discovery for an amateur horror flick for an A-level project while studying a media course in Essex.

Williamson, slimmer and with below-the shoulder brown hair, has several lines in the two-minute film speaking in her distinctive Essex accent. The amateur footage has chilling echoes of her screams down the phone to police when she reported Logan missing.

Hours after the murder, Williamson, 31, called 999 and cried hysterically down the phone as she put on a ‘callous performance’ to hide her knowledge of Logan’s disappearance. 

That call was described by prosecutor Caroline Rees QC as ‘a callous performance designed to cover up her involvement in her son’s death’.

She said that Williamson was ‘acting out the part of a distressed mother whose child has gone missing’, adding: ‘Angharad Williamson is the most dramatic, wailing and shouting, playing the part of a distraught mother to the full extent of her acting abilities. One of her closest friends arrives, Rhiannon Hales, and still Angharad Williamson keeps up the hideous show.

‘You will see John Cole supporting Williamson in that performance by pointing out gates and windows, playing the part of the concerned step dad despite it now being his case that he had dumped Logan in the river only hours earlier.’

Williamson was yesterday convicted alongside John Cole, 40, of killing Logan at Cardiff Crown Court while a teenage boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was also found guilty of murder.

Video shows wannabe filmmaker Angharad Williamson as a teenager finding a dead family member on a sofa and then screaming in terror at her shock discovery for an amateur horror flick for an A-level project

Williamson has several lines in the two-minute film speaking in her distinctive Essex accent

Williamson has several lines in the two-minute film speaking in her distinctive Essex accent

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

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

Privately-educated Williamson, the daughter of a stockbroker, claimed to be an ‘overprotective mother’ but covered up attacks and abuse of Logan by lying to doctors, police and social workers about his previous injuries. 

CCTV from a neighbouring property captured movements from the ground floor flat – including Cole and the youth leaving at 2.43am to dump Logan’s body in the river.

Just a minute after the pair left the house the CCTV showed lights in Logan’s bedroom being turned on and someone inside opening his bedroom curtains.

Williamson claimed it could not have been her as she was asleep – but she was the only adult inside the house.

Footage shows Williamson screaming at Cole 'Why am I not allowed to see my own biological son?' While pacing her kitchen (above), she yells: 'He is unconscious, why is he unconscious?'

Footage shows Williamson screaming at Cole ‘Why am I not allowed to see my own biological son?’ While pacing her kitchen (above), she yells: ‘He is unconscious, why is he unconscious?’

She is later seen stood on her doorstep, saying: 'If he is unconscious he needs me. He needs warm clothes. He needs mum.' She continues: 'I feel so useless. This is all my fault'

She is later seen stood on her doorstep, saying: ‘If he is unconscious he needs me. He needs warm clothes. He needs mum.’ She continues: ‘I feel so useless. This is all my fault’

Privately-educated Williamson, the daughter of a stockbroker, claimed to be an 'overprotective mother' but covered up attacks and abuse of Logan by lying to doctors, police and social workers about his previous injuries

Privately-educated Williamson, the daughter of a stockbroker, claimed to be an ‘overprotective mother’ but covered up attacks and abuse of Logan by lying to doctors, police and social workers about his previous injuries

Angharad Williamson admits she was a ‘s*** mother’ and Logan was a ‘very unhappy child’  

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.’ 

London-born Williamson, the daughter of City of London stockbrokers, attended private school before achieving 12 GCSEs to enrol on a filmmaking course at college in Southend.

But after moving out of her mother’s home as a teenager she got into trouble with the police – for spending money on her mum’s credit card and even taking her car on an illegal spin with her boyfriend.

Williamson fell pregnant with Logan while living in Brentwood, Essex, and working as a manager at Carphone Warehouse at Westfield Stratford and gave birth a day after her 25th birthday in March 2016.

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’.

Cole and the youth were outside the flat for almost nine minutes before returning to retrieve Logan’s torn pyjama top – which Cole said Williamson handed to him to get rid of as it could be incriminating.

In the period of time the pair were out of the house the curtains in Logan’s room are closed once again and the lights are switched off.

When Cole and the youth leave the house again to ditch Logan’s top they are out of the flat for 11 minutes and 11 seconds returning at 3.27am.

In his final few weeks on earth Logan had become miserable and anxious – wetting himself and self-harming by pinching himself or biting his lips until they bled. 

Williamson said her relationship with unemployed Cole was initially ‘perfect’, saying: ‘I felt like I had failed Logan because his biological father wasn’t around and Jordan didn’t turn out to be a good person. 

‘I desperately wanted a little fairytale family.’ 

She was awarded a two-bedroom council flat at 5 Lower Llansantffraid in Sarn, Bridgend, in January 2019 – the home where medics estimated Logan spent his tragic last hours dying in ‘extreme pain’.

In April 2019 she met 6ft 4ins and 15 stone John Cole on a night out in The Railway pub in Bridgend town centre before sleeping with him that night.

Williamson fell pregnant almost straight away and Cole – who lived just a five minute walk from her home – began a relationship despite him still living with his estranged partner.

During her pregnancy, epileptic Williamson suffered seizures throughout and moved to South Wales to stay with mum Clare who had retired to the village of St Bridge’s Major near Bridgend so she could receive extra help.

Logan’s father Benjamin Mwangi remained in Essex and, despite trying to maintain a relationship, the couple became estranged and eventually split.

Shortly after Williamson – who had a part-time job working at the village post office – married soldier Jordan Hunt who was based at nearby barracks but the marriage broke down when Hunt returned from Afghanistan with PTSD and was convicted of attacking her.

Williamson told the court she enjoyed her life as a single mum with Logan as she and her mother worked together to bring him up.

She said: ‘I took pictures every day, I took pictures of him sneezing, of him coughing, I was so overjoyed by Logan. I loved the bones of that boy.

‘My mum was like a second mum to Logan. She was great.’

Asked about her relationship with Logan, Williamson said: ‘It was beautiful.. I’m quite a needy emotional person and Logan was very cuddly, so is my mum. We were very close. Logan was my little sidekick. We did everything together, he was such beautiful a happy little boy.

‘He was so clever, he wanted to explore the world and see what it was about.. He was so clever and I was so proud, so proud, I put his photos up on my windows and showed him off on Facebook – I was so proud of him.’

A self-confessed ‘true crime’ fan, Williamson found herself arrested over Logan’s murder the day after his body was found.

She cried in the witness box as she shouted: ‘I didn’t do it. I didn’t hurt Logan,’ but the jury disagreed.

Logan wearing his dinosaur pyjamas

Logan's ripped pyjamas, recovered from the scene

Pictured left: Logan Mwangi wearing his dinosaur pyjamas. Right: The ripped clothes which were recovered from the scene 

Cole and Williamson, of Sarn, Bridgend, were convicted of killing Logan Mwangi by a jury of five men and seven women at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday after five hours of deliberation

Cole and Williamson, of Sarn, Bridgend, were convicted of killing Logan Mwangi by a jury of five men and seven women at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday after five hours of deliberation 

Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan's limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the River Ogmore (circled, along with the house) where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31

Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the River Ogmore (circled, along with the house) where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31

ANOTHER child failed by the system: Logan Mwangi was beaten, starved and tortured before being murdered by his mother, stepfather and boy, 14 – as chilling CCTV shows killers carrying five-year-old’s body and dumping it in river

By Henry Martin for MailOnline

TIMELINE: THE LOGAN MWANGI MURDER  

2016

March 15: Logan is born in the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, to Angharad Williamson and Benjamin Mwangi. Their relationship quickly breaks down and Mr Mwangi moves back to Brentwood, Essex.

June: Mr Mwangi visits Logan in Bridgend for their first father’s day together and they have regular contact. Williamson and Logan move in with Mr Mwangi in Essex but by August have returned to Wales.

By the end of the year, Williamson had married another man, but the relationship became violent. During this time, contact between Logan and his father ceases. 

2019

Contact between Logan and his father resumes. In April, Williamson takes Logan to visit Mr Mwangi and his family in Essex. 

This was the last time Mr Mwangi saw Logan, as Williamson was in a relationship with Cole and was preventing access. 

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. Williamson admits covering up and lying to police about this.

Police were called to the family home, a year before Logan died, after he suffered a broken arm from apparently falling down stairs. Williamson admits covering up and lying to police about this. 

2021 

January 21: Williamson calls 101 and during the conversation tells the operator the youth defendant had confessed to pushing Logan down the stairs when he fractured his arm. 

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.

April 21: Three defendants are convicted of Logan’s murder at Cardiff Crown Court.  

Logan Mwangi never stood a chance as he was kept prisoner and tortured in his home, with social workers missing crucial opportunities to save the little boy before he was murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old boy.

John Cole, 40, and Angharad Williamson, 31, of Sarn, Bridgend, and a teenage boy, who cannot be named because of his age, were convicted of murdering Logan at Cardiff Crown Court today.

On the morning of July 31 last year the once ‘smiling, cheerful little boy’, was found by police just 250 metres from his home submerged in the River Ogmore, wearing a pair of dinosaur pyjama bottoms and a Spider-Man top.

In the months and weeks leading up to his death, Logan had been ‘dehumanised’ by his family. His stammer worsened, becoming particularly bad around Cole, and he wet himself more frequently and began self-harming.

But in yet another astonishing failing by social services, workers missed at least two opportunities to rescue the schoolboy from the clutches of his parents, who ‘kept him prisoner’ in his dark bedroom – likened to a ‘dungeon’ – with a baby gate barring him from leaving after testing positive for coronavirus on July 20.

The case of Logan’s murder has chilling echoes of the tragic deaths of 16-month-old Star Hobson, six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and two-year-old Kyrell Matthews. 

All three children were murdered after suffering months of systematic abuse at the hands of their wicked parents and repeatedly let down by agencies which missed chances to intervene. Both Arthur and Logan were put in greater danger when the country was put into lockdown.  

Social workers visited Logan’s house the day before he died and took no action in May 2021 when the boy burned his neck on a hot bath tap. Their investigation relied on photographs of the tap and Logan’s injuries. 

Social services had also been aware that the boy’s stepfather Cole had a criminal record for assault, burglary, possessing cannabis, resisting a police officer, blackmail and perverting the course of justice.

And police failed to take action a year earlier, when the five-year-old broke his arm. It emerged today he had been pushed down the stairs by the 14-year-old who later took part in killing him. 

Cole, a former National Front member who nicknamed the five-year-old ‘Coco Pop’, forced the boy to eat Weetabix on family ‘takeaway nights’ while they feasted on KFC, and would tease him about the food he was missing out on.

Cole, who stood at 6ft4ins tall and weighed 15 stone, would tower over the 3ft 5ins, 3st Logan and use army-style punishments on him, forcing the child to do press-ups until he was in tears and collapse on the floor. Logan was also made to stand outside the house in just his pyjamas, neighbours said.  

He held ‘long standing racist beliefs’ which could have been ‘relevant to his motives’ in the attacks on Logan, and he even stopped him from seeing his real father and grandmother, the court heard.

The 14-year-old boy, who looked disinterested as he tucked into bars of chocolate as he watched the murder trial, had threatened to kill his foster family after watching The Purge and asked girls to play a murder game where he would put their bodies in black bags. 

‘Even the dog was afraid of him’ after he attacked the family pet by pulling it up by its back legs following an operation and allegedly spraying deodorant into its eyes, the court heard.   

Logan had suffered 56 external cuts and bruises, and ‘catastrophic’ internal injuries, which were likened to a high-speed road accident.

Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the river where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31. His mother was caught on camera feigning crocodile tears and ignorance after killing him. 

Experts said the injuries could have only been caused by a ‘brutal and sustained assault’ inflicted on Logan in the hours, or days, prior his death. 

They also said the injuries were ‘consistent with child abuse’.

Williamson screamed ‘no, no, no’ as the verdicts were returned.

Judge Mrs Justice Jefford had to interrupt the jury and the clerk to tell Williamson to be quiet before the verdict against the youth was given.

‘Out of respect for your son and the youth please be quiet for the verdicts,’ she said. 

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

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

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 (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

Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan's limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the river where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31

Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the river where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31

Logan, a previously 'smiling, cheerful little boy', was discovered in the River Ogmore (circled, along with the house) in Pandy Park, Bridgend, South Wales, on the morning of July 31 2021

Logan, a previously ‘smiling, cheerful little boy’, was discovered in the River Ogmore (circled, along with the house) in Pandy Park, Bridgend, South Wales, on the morning of July 31 2021

The five-year-old boy had also been 'kept like a prisoner' in his small bedroom - likened by his mother to a 'dungeon' - with a baby gate barring him from leaving after testing positive for coronavirus on July 20

The five-year-old boy had also been ‘kept like a prisoner’ in his small bedroom – likened by his mother to a ‘dungeon’ – with a baby gate barring him from leaving after testing positive for coronavirus on July 20

Police and forensics are pictured on the scene of the murder. The case of Logan's murder has chilling echoes of the horrific killings of 16-month-old Star Hobson and six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Police and forensics are pictured on the scene of the murder. The case of Logan’s murder has chilling echoes of the horrific killings of 16-month-old Star Hobson and six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Logan's biological father Benjamin Mwangi reading a statement outside Cardiff Crown Court this afternoon

Logan’s biological father Benjamin Mwangi reading a statement outside Cardiff Crown Court this afternoon 

The children failed by the system: How social services missed multiple opportunities to save horrifically abused children

Star Hobson, murdered September 22, 2020

Star Hobson

Star Hobson 

Star Hobson was only 16 months old when she was killed at her home in Keighley, West Yorkshire. 

Star was murdered by her mother Frankie Smith’s girlfriend Savannah Brockhill after suffering months of abuse in her home during the Covid lockdown last year.

Frankie Smith 20, was handed an eight-year sentence for allowing her daughter’s death. This was extended to 12 years in March for being too lenient. 

Brockhill, 28, was convicted of murder and jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years. No appeal was made against her sentence. 

It was revealed that social services had missed five opportunities to stop her killers in the months before her death on September 22, 2020. 

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, murdered June 16, 2020 

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, aged six, was murdered by his cruel stepmother Emma Tustin in June.

She was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 29 years and the boy’s father Thomas Hughes was jailed for 21 years for manslaughter. 

The boy had been seen by social workers just two months before his death, but they concluded there were no safeguarding concerns. 

In October 2019, Aileen Carabine, a special educational coordinator at Arthur’s school, said Arthur ‘deteriorated’ that month. 

Kyrell Matthews, murdered October 20, 2019

Kyrell Matthews

Kyrell Matthews

Kyrell Matthews, aged two, was left with 41 rib fractures and internal injuries by the time of his death after weeks of cruelty at the hands of his mother Phylesia Shirley and her boyfriend Kemar Brown.

Brown was convicted of murder while Shirley was acquitted of murder but found guilty of the alternative charge of manslaughter.

They appeared alongside each other in the dock as Brown was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison while Shirley was jailed for 13 years.

The toddler, who was non-verbal, could be heard crying and screaming on distressing audio files taken from Shirley’s phone and played to jurors during the trial. 

Brown and Shirley are understood to have been visited by social services at least once.

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 Williamson had cheated with Logan’s father Benjamin Mwangi.

Medics made a safeguarding referral to the police after Logan suffered a broken arm in August 2020, with Williamson saying he had fallen down the stairs.

She took him to hospital the day after the incident and said she thought he had only dislocated his shoulder and had tried to put it back.

Later she told a friend the youth had confessed to pushing Logan down the stairs but it was not until January last year she told the police.

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

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 the youth stayed with claimed to have heard him say he wanted to kill Logan.

They said they reported the teen’s ‘desire for violence’ and threats to harm Logan to his social worker Debbie Williams but that she seemed unconcerned. Ms Williams denies this.

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.

Ms Rees 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.’

Williamson claimed that two days before Logan’s body was found an argument about a spilt drink escalated and ended with Cole and the youth attacking him.

She accused Cole of punching Logan twice in the stomach and ordering the youth to ‘sweep’ Logan if he stuttered or flinched.

Moments later the youth carried out the martial arts-style manoeuvre, kicking his legs out from under him while using his hand to slam his head to the ground.

Williamson said she screamed for them to stop but said Cole replied: ‘The only way this boy understands is pain.’

Two days later, she phoned the police at 5.45am reporting Logan missing – claiming to have awoken to find him gone and accusing a woman of taking him.

Police arrived at the flat to find Williamson hysterical, while Cole and the youth could be seen walking around the area calling for him.

Footage shows Williamson screaming at Cole ‘Why am I not allowed to see my own biological son?’

While pacing her kitchen, she yells: ‘He is unconscious, why is he unconscious?’

Gesturing towards police officers before falling to the ground, she continues: ‘All I’m getting is answers like this. 

‘Why is no one telling me what’s going on? He’s my baby, what’s going on?’

She is later seen stood on her doorstep, saying: ‘If he is unconscious he needs me. 

‘He needs warm clothes. He needs mum. I feel so useless. This is all my fault.’

Prosecutors said this was part of an ‘elaborate’ cover-up concocted by the defendants and all three were accused of perverting the course of justice, of which Williamson and youth were convicted.

Cole, who was captured on CCTV carrying Logan’s body to the river from the flat, while being followed by the youth, admitted the charge.

He claimed he woke to the sound of Williamson screaming Logan was dead and he panicked.

CCTV shows a bedroom light being switched on and off while Cole and the youth were out – the prosecution used this evidence to show Williamson was awake and aware Logan was dead.

Cole said after dumping the boy’s body, Williamson sent him out again to hide his ripped pyjama top.

The youth never gave evidence in the trial.

The judge adjourned the case for sentencing at a date to be fixed.

The three defendants 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.  

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

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

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

Father of murdered boy says world is a ‘colder and darker place’ without him

Benjamin Mwangi, Logan's father

Benjamin Mwangi, Logan’s father

The father of a five-year-old boy murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old boy has paid tribute to him as ‘the sweetest and most beautiful boy’.

In a statement read on the steps of the court, Mr Mwangi said: ‘Logan was the sweetest and most beautiful boy, whose life has been tragically cut short.

‘The world is a colder and darker place without his warm smile and the happy energy with which he lived his life.

‘The hole that has been left in the hearts of all who knew and loved him will never be filled. No amount of time can heal the wounds that have been inflicted.’

Mr Mwangi continued: ‘The wonderful memories I have of my son will never be tarnished, they will forever be in my heart and soul.

‘I loved him so much and somehow I have to live my life knowing that I will never get to see him grow up to be the wonderful man he would have been.

‘I would like to thank South Wales Police and the prosecution team who have worked tirelessly to bring those responsible for my son’s murder to court.

‘From all of us, thank you for doing an amazing job and for getting justice for my son.’

Williamson 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’.

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.’

In a statement read on the steps of the court, Logan’s father paid tribute to him as ‘the sweetest and most beautiful boy’.

Mr Mwangi said: ‘Logan was the sweetest and most beautiful boy, whose life has been tragically cut short. The world is a colder and darker place without his warm smile and the happy energy with which he lived his life.

‘The hole that has been left in the hearts of all who knew and loved him will never be filled. No amount of time can heal the wounds that have been inflicted.’

He continued: ‘The wonderful memories I have of my son will never be tarnished, they will forever be in my heart and soul.

‘I loved him so much and somehow I have to live my life knowing that I will never get to see him grow up to be the wonderful man he would have been.

‘I would like to thank South Wales Police and the prosecution team who have worked tirelessly to bring those responsible for my son’s murder to court.

‘From all of us, thank you for doing an amazing job and for getting justice for my son.’

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 

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

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. 

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.’

Mother who murdered Logan featured in a homemade slasher movie finding the body of a dead child SourceMother who murdered Logan featured in a homemade slasher movie finding the body of a dead child

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