Stepfather of 5-year-old Logan Mwangi in court charged with his murder, Mother also charged

Logan Mwangi, known as Logan Williamson, was found with horrendous injuries including a torn liver, an internal head injury and a broken collarbone.



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Stepfather and Mother appear in court charged over Logan Mwangi's murder

John Cole the stepfather of Logan Mwangi, the five-year-old boy who was found dead in the Ogmore River has appeared in court on Thursday accused of his murder, while the child's mother Angharad Williamson and an unnamed boy, 13, have been charged with perverting the course of justice.


Logan Mwangi, who was also known as Logan Williamson, was found with severe injuries, including a broken collarbone, a torn liver and an internal head injury that was said to have been caused by a blunt trauma.


The 5-year-old boy was found in the Ogmore River next to Pandy Park in Bridgend on Saturday after the police responded to a report of a missing child in the area.


Logan, pictured below, was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, where the devastating news that he had died was confirmed.



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5-year-old Logan Mwangi playing by the water | Credit; Wales News

John Cole, 39, the stepfather, appeared today at Cardiff Magistrates' Court charged with murdering 5-year-old Logan as well as perverting the course of justice, Cole remained silent and stared at the floor throughout the hearing wearing his issued grey prison tracksuit.


Angharad Williamson, Logan's mother also appeared in court today charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to his murder. Similar to Cole, she also looked at the floor throughout the hearing and did not lookup.


An unnamed 13-year-old boy has also appeared in the same court today, charged with perverting the course of justice, he has been remanded into local authority care.


Both Cole and Williamson have been remanded into custody and are due to appear at Newport Crown Court this Friday.


Detective Chief Inspector Mark O'Shea, the senior investigating officer on the case, said: "This is a very harrowing case for all involved and I extend my deepest sympathies to Logan's family and friends".


"This remains an extensive and sensitive investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team and I am grateful to the local community for its support and understanding while we have continued to gather evidence across several scenes".


"We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact the Major Crime Investigation Team."


Family friends have continued to pour in with tributes to Logan, who has been described as "kind, funny, polite, handsome and clever".


Local police requested those wishing to pay their respects to place teddy bears at a lamp-post and footbridge near the scene, just 400 yards from Logan's family home.


Many people have travelled to the area to pay their respects to Logan, this case has sent shockwaves throughout not only the local, quiet community but also the entire country.

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