A jury at Cardiff Crown Court found Logan Mwangi’s mother Angharad Williamson, 31, stepdad John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old third defendant guilty of murdering five-year-old Logan Mwangi on Thursday, with sentencing to come
Logan Mwangi’s mum and stepdad were yesterday found guilty of his murder and now authorities are accused of missing several opportunities to save the five-year-old’s life.
The tragic youngster was found dead in the River Ogmore on July 31 last year with injuries “usually seen in car crash victims” after months of abuse.
His mum Angharad Williamson, 31, stepdad John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old third defendant who cannot be named due to his age, all denied his murder.
They were convicted as prosecutors proved he had been subjected to a “brutal and sustained assault” prior to his death.
During the harrowing abuse Logan suffered more than 56 injuries before being dumped like “flytipping”.
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The killers will be sentenced at a later date.
Logan’s father, Ben Mwangi, said outside court: “Logan was the sweetest and most beautiful boy.
“The world is a colder and darker place without his warm smile and the happy energy.
“I loved him so much and 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.”
An inquiry has been launched to examine whether Logan could have been saved.
Below are five moments which could have raised red flags and where authorities could have intervened and potentially have saved Logan’s life.
August 2020: Logan was taken to hospital after breaking his arm.
Medics call police over possible safeguarding concerns as mum Williamson didn’t bring him into hospital straightaway – instead waiting a day.
Williamson was quizzed by a detective and told him Logan fell down the stairs.
No further action is taken.
January 2021: During a call to police Williamson says Logan was pushed down the stairs by the 14-year-old youth.
Logan is placed on the child protection register and social services become involved.
May 2021: Logan was allegedly burned deliberately by his mother to the back of his neck.
The wound was clearly visible and knowing that they may receive unannounced visits from social services at any time, Williamson and Cole agree to lie about the injury to social workers.
June 2021: Social worker Debbie Williams supports bid to take the youth out of foster care and to stay with the family despite Williamson’s two children being on the Child Protection Register and the previous report of an attack on Logan.
Her colleague Gaynor Rush tries to speak to social worker Williams over concerns about the placement, but is ignored.
30 July 2021: Debbie Williams attends family home to check on them the day before Logan dies.
Crucially, she does not ask to see or speak to Logan.
Medical experts said it was likely he was already seriously injured at this time.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.