Logan Mwangi: mother and stepfather imprisoned for life | Crime


A mother and stepfather have been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering five-year-old Logan Mwangi, who died after months of violence and imprisonment in the ‘dungeon’ of his small dark bedroom.

Logan’s mother, Angharad Williamson, has been told she will serve at least 28 years before being considered for parole while her partner, John Cole, will spend at least 29 years in prison. A 14-year-old who was also convicted of Logan’s murder has been told he will be held for 15 years.

After Logan died from injuries usually found in people involved in a traffic accident or a fall from a height, Williamson, 31, Cole, 40, and the teenager tried to escape to justice by dumping the child’s body in a river in the village of Sarn, South Wales, and called the police to report they feared he had been kidnapped.

Mani Ranuata of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “It was a callous, ruthless murder. Logan was described as a happy, talkative five-year-old; a child who was unlikely to protect himself from the very people who should have been providing him with care.

Angharad Williamson, left, and his partner, John Cole, right, on the dock at Cardiff Crown Court. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA

In a statement read in court, Logan’s father, Ben Mwangi, paid tribute to the “sweetest and most beautiful boy”.

He said: “I was at work when the police came and told me Logan was dead. They told me his body had been found in the river. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I collapsed on the floor and hit my head I felt like every fiber of my body had died and I couldn’t stop crying I couldn’t understand how something like it happened to my son, I’m devastated that I couldn’t be there to protect him.

“I keep having recurring nightmares. Logan comes over to tell me he’s okay and to check on me. He runs into my arms and I hug him tight but then he slowly disappears. I wake up screaming and crying. Mwangi said that after Logan’s death, the boy’s grandfather said he was “ready to go” and died in December 2021.

He continued: “Logan was the sweetest, most beautiful boy whose life was tragically cut short. The world is a colder, darker place without his warm smile and the cheerful energy with which he lived his life. “The hole left in the hearts of everyone who knew him will never be filled. I loved him so much. I will never see him grow up to be the wonderful man he would have been.”

Caroline Rees QC, prosecuting, said aggravating factors included Logan being physically and emotionally vulnerable. The judge, Ms Justice Jefford, said Logan was just 3ft 5in tall and weighed 3lbs.

Rees said the adult defendants should have been people he could trust, but he suffered ‘extreme and repeated violent impact’ before being treated ‘like fly-tipped trash’ and dumped in River.

She told the court that Cole’s most recent convictions were for theft, blackmail, perverting the course of justice and intimidation of a witness, for which he was jailed for three years in 2007. Williamson was found guilty of two thefts in 2014 and received a community order. The teenager had no previous convictions.

Earlier this year, a jury at Cardiff Crown Court heard that in the months leading up to Logan’s death, he disappeared from the sight of authorities, with his family using the pandemic as an excuse to lock him up.

An investigation has been launched into whether there is a chance of saving Logan after it emerged authorities were aware of some of the injuries he suffered in the months before his death.

The inquest will also examine what was known about Cole’s past. His violent history includes an earlier attack on a child and he is said to have had an interest in the National Front. The court heard that Cole hated Logan’s resemblance to his natural father, who is of Kenyan descent, suggesting racism may have played a part in his attitude towards Logan.

Another issue is why death threats against Logan allegedly made by the 14-year-old in the weeks leading up to the murder were not acted upon by authorities.


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