Trial date set for the three involved in the Logan Mwangi murder case
John Cole, 39, has been charged with the murder of 5-year-old Logan Mwangi, Angharad Williamson and an unnamed 13-year-old boy have been charged with perverting the course of justice.
The stepfather of Logan Mwangi, John Cole, 39, has appeared in crown court charged with the 5-year-olds murder.
Whilst Cole has been charged with murder, Angharad Williamson, 30, Logan's mother has been charged with perverting the course of justice, a 13-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.
The deceased, also known as Logan Willians, was found in the River Ogmore close to Pandy Park in Bridgend in the early hours of Saturday, July 31st.
Since the tragic events unfolded it was later discovered that Logan had sustained multiple injuries, which included an internal head injury, a broken collarbone and a torn liver.
Logan's stepfather Cole, of Maesglas, Ynysawdre, Bridgend, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth at Newport Crown Court on Friday.
Angharad Williamson, Logan Mwangi's mother, did not attend court but appeared via video link from HMP Eastwood Park. Williamson, of Lower Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend, also spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth.
The 13-year-old defendant also appeared in Newport Crown Court whilst being assisted by a support worker.
A provisional trial date of January 31, 2022, was given with a time estimate of four weeks.
Judge Michael Fitton QC remanded Cole and Williamson in custody to appear for a plea and trial preparation hearing on November 12.
The unnamed 13-year-old was remanded into the care of the local authority.
South Wales Police senior investigating officer, detective chief inspector Mark O'Shea 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".
“Legal proceedings are now underway and I want to remind everyone to avoid speculation which may prejudice this investigation".
“We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact the major crime investigation team.”