Logan Mwangi’s killer stepdad was ex-National Front member who racially abused him

John Cole, 40, was a former member of the National Front with ex-colleague saying he was blatantly racist – the 6ft 4ins brute has now been found guilty of murdering 3ft 5ins Logan Mwangi

John Cole, pictured with Logan’s mum Angharad Williamson, mercilessly bullied the five-year-old

Vile step-dad John Cole mercilessly bullied little Logan Mwangi throughout the last year of life – and even gave him the racist nickname “Coco Pop” because of his skin colour.

The 6ft4in, 15stone, brute towered over the 3ft 5in tall Logan and admitted slapping him around the head and throwing him into bed but denied ever “punching” Logan.

The 40-year-old racist was a former member of the National Front with ex-colleague saying he was blatantly racist.

In the short time they knew each other controlling Cole was cruel to Logan – cutting him out of the family and confining Logan to his room for hours on end.

Neighbors told how Cole would “bully” the youngster – making him do press-ups as punishments until he collapsed on the floor or stand outside the house in just his pajamas.

Logan was just five when he was murdered



The little boy suffered a horrific catalog of abuse



Unemployed Cole would meanly leave Logan out of family “takeaway nights” when they would enjoy Chinese food or KFC – and tease the little boy over the food he was missing out on.

Cole cut off much of Logan’s contact with the outside world and even stopped him from seeing his real dad.

But he denied abusing Logan but through the trial he admitted smacks to his hand, clips around the head and making him stand in a “naughty corner” for extended periods of time even though it would cause Logan to self harm.

However the court heard Logan would “flinch” around Cole and suffered from a stammer which had almost gone away but then got worse in the weeks before his death.

Logan’s last week of his life was spent isolating in his room with Covid with Cole forcing him to face a wall if other members of the house would come to bring him food.

Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC told Cole: “You treated that little boy like a prisoner. The week before his death he was confined to his room.”

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Cole said: “It wasn’t like that.”

Cole only came into Logan’s life in 2019 after starting a relationship with his mum Angharad Williamson and she fell pregnant with his baby.

But less than two years later Logan was murdered – with Cole facing jail for his role in his death.

Prosecutors said Cole’s history of racism could have been motivated for his cruel treatment of Logan.

Caroline Rees QC said Cole “didn’t like Logan” and “treated Logan unkindly and viewed him differently to the other children in the home”.

Former work colleagues the dad-of-two was a former member of the National Front may have killed Logan because of his skin colour.

One witness even claimed Cole was so racist that “he would have made that child’s life hell” – but the evidence was not heard before the jury.

Cole and Williamson were both found guilty of murder today



Logan’s killers face life sentences after their conviction at Cardiff Crown Court



Although Logan’s mum Williamson is white, his father Benjamin is black, and Cole referred to Logan as “Coco Pop” because of his mixed race.

He said: “He would call Logan Coco Pop. He was a child of mixed race and it is relevant to a dehumanizing attitude towards Logan and treating him differently to other children in the house.”

Ms Rees said there was evidence Cole held “long standing racist beliefs” which could have been “relevant to his motives” in the attacks on Logan.

He said the Coco Pop insult was used to “other” Logan and “dehumanize him” and told how Cole had previously called a work colleague by the same name because of his mixed race.

Ms Rees said former friends and partners of Cole – who grew up in Coventry – described him as “very racist”.

He said: “He would meet with racist groups and was a member of the National Front. His view of Logan was infected by racism.”

Judge Mrs Justice Jefford said one friend described Cole by saying: “John was very racist to Asian or black people or any people who are different.”

During his evidence cowardly Cole tried to paint Logan as a tearaway child who would always be naughty – and that he was never violent towards him.

But he admitted “clipping” him to the head the day before he died and that Logan was thrown into bed.

Cole said: “There was no swing or anything. It was just a little clip.”

But the court heard Logan’s injuries showed evidence of “deep slap bruising” and he suffered trauma to the brain.

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Cole admitted that he threw Logan into his bedroom on the day before he died – saying: “It wasn’t a throw it was just a drop like I put him on the bed.”

Asked how Logan landed, Cole said: “I don’t know.”

Williamson said Cole hit Logan so hard with a blow to his stomach two days before his death that he was sent across the kitchen floor of the family home.

In her own evidence mum Williamson admitted Logan “must have been scared s***less” at the treatment both she and Cole dished out.

Cole claimed he woke up at 2am with mum Williamson telling him: “Logan’s dead it was a freak accident” and carried out CPR on him.

But medical evidence showed Logan would have been in “extreme pain” for hours before his death and the adults in the house must have known this.

After Logan died Cole coldly dumped his body in a river – just like a piece of rubbish that he would fly-tip regularly.

Prosecutor Ms Rees said: “Logan was dehumanized by the defendants in this case, treated like disposable rubbish in life, just as you know he was in death when his lifeless body was flytipped like rubbish by John Cole in the River Ogmore.”

Although he admitted dumping Logan’s body lying Cole could not bring himself to admit leaving

Logan – who was scared of water – in the river.

Cole told the jury: “I put him down in the riverbank but I didn’t put him in the river and that’s what confuses me.”

Williamson’s barrister Peter Rouch QC asked him: “How did he get there? He was a dead child how did he get in that river? Tell us the truth.”

Cole answered: “I don’t know.”

Logan had a total of 56 separate injuries to his body including a torn liver – caused by a vicious blow to the stomach.

Cole’s criminal past was exposed during the trial – with dozens of convictions in his late teens and early 20s including an attack on a child.

He also had convictions for having a knife in public, theft, burglary, intimidating a witness, assault and possessing cannabis.

Cole boasted of his life of crime in a bid to scare people – including partner Williamson – and lied that he had a “99-year-suspended sentence” hanging over him.

Fantasist Cole would also make out that he was a former member of the SAS and he could make people “disappear”.

However in reality he had no close friends living in South Wales and most of his social interactions were on with people he played X Box games with.

Throughout the trial he was exposed as a vain narcissist who “took pride” in his appearance with almost daily gym visits – but really he was a middle-aged bully with in-growing toenails.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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