Logan Mwangi was kept 'like a prisoner' before his death, court hears 

Five-year-old Logan Mwangi who was found dead in a river was kept ‘like a prisoner’ and ‘dehumanised’ in small bedroom ‘dungeon’ in days before he was murdered, court hears

  • Logan Mwangi, 5, was allegedly ‘dehumanised’ in his final days, a court heard
  • Prosecutor said the young boy ‘was kept like a prisoner in his small bedroom’
  • Little Logan was allegedly ‘made to face a wall as food was being delivered’
  • A five-year-old boy who was found dead in a river was kept ‘like a prisoner’ in the days before his death, a court heard today.

    Logan Mwangi was allegedly ‘dehumanised’ in his final days by his mother Angharad Williamson, 31, stepdad John Cole 40, and a 14-year-old boy who cannot be named.

    In her closing speech to the jury, Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said all three defendants should be found guilty of Logan’s murder and that they ‘dehumanised’ the young boy.

    Logan Mwangi (pictured) was allegedly 'dehumanised' in his final days by his mother Angharad Williamson, 31, stepdad John Cole 40, and a 14-year-old boy who cannot be named

    Logan Mwangi (pictured) was allegedly ‘dehumanised’ in his final days by his mother Angharad Williamson, 31, stepdad John Cole 40, and a 14-year-old boy who cannot be named

    She said: ‘He had been kept like a prisoner in his small bedroom – a room described by Angharad Williamson as “like a dungeon” with the curtains closed and a barred child’s gate stopping him from moving about the rest of the flat.

    ‘That little boy was being made to face a wall as food was being delivered so other members of the house did not catch Covid.

    ‘What must have he thought of the way his life was in these 10 days? He was dehumanised by each of the defendants.’

    Ms Rees said that Logan had become ‘anxious, wetting himself, harming himself by pinching or biting himself’ in his last weeks. 

    But she added that instead of seeing to Logan’s needs, Williamson and Cole became ‘irritated’ and ‘annoyed’ by him and would punish him further.

    The young boy was found to have suffered 56 external injuries as well as trauma to the brain, a torn liver and degloving of a part of his small intestine.

    Logan was found dead in River Ogmore in Sarn, Bridgend, just 400 yards from the family home having been allegedly ‘fly-tipped like rubbish’.

    Medical experts said Logan’s injuries were such that they were compared to a ‘fall from a great height’ or a ‘high velocity road traffic collision’.

    Cole (right) and the youth are accused of moving Logan's body to the river while Williamson (left) allegedly tried to remove incriminating evidence from the house and wash bloodstained bedsheets

    Cole (right) and the youth are accused of moving Logan’s body to the river while Williamson (left) allegedly tried to remove incriminating evidence from the house and wash bloodstained bedsheets 

    Ms Rees told the jury at Cardiff Crown Court that after killing Logan, the three defendants worked on ‘cleaning up the scene and putting a trail in place to lead the police up the wrong track’.

    Ms Rees said Williamson and Cole had ‘worked together’ in the past to cover up Logan’s injuries including an apparent dislocated shoulder and a burn to his neck.

    She said: ‘They put their own self-interests first ahead of the needs of Logan.

    ‘Working together to lie to protect themselves in the context of an injury to Logan, and not only did they lie but they managed to convince medical staff, social workers and even the police.’

    ‘Their motive for lying is to cover up their own involvement.’

    Ms Rees branded mum Williamson ‘a liar’ who ‘tried to portray herself as a loving mother who was over-protective to Logan’s interests – this was, as so much is about Angharad Williamson in the context of this case a total sham’.

    She continued: ‘She has been exposed as a selfish woman whose only protective interest was to herself.

    Williamson and Logan together. Ms Rees said Williamson and Cole had 'worked together' in the past to cover up Logan's injuries

    Williamson and Logan together. Ms Rees said Williamson and Cole had ‘worked together’ in the past to cover up Logan’s injuries

    ‘Even by her own words she accepts she was a “s*** mother” to Logan – a rare moment of truth during her time in the witness box.’ 

    Cole and the youth are accused of moving Logan’s body to the river while Williamson allegedly tried to remove incriminating evidence from the house and wash bloodstained bedsheets.

    Williamson denies any involvement in her son’s death saying she slept the whole night through and woke to find him missing.

    Williamson and the youth deny murder and perverting the course of justice. Cole denies murder but admits perverting the course of justice.

    Williamson and Cole also deny causing or allowing the death of a child.

    The trial, in front of Mrs Justice Jefford, continues.