This is the moment Logan Mwangi’s remorseless mother feigned ignorance and tears after murdering the five-year-old and faking panic on a 999 call.
Angharad Williamson, 31, hysterically wailed and fell to the floor while pretending to be unaware of what happened to Logan in Bridgend, Wales, last July.
She was convicted alongside John Cole, 40, of killing Logan at Cardiff Crown Court today while a teenage boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was also found guilty of murder.
Police bodycam footage played to the court shows her pacing around her kitchen while demanding to know why Logan was unconscious after dialling 999 to say he was not inside the family home and the back door was open.
Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the River Ogmore where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31.
Throughout much of her evidence Williamson portrayed herself as a victim – a mother grieving for her son who had been subjected to an oppressive relationship from Cole.
In a tearful display Williamson told how she slept through the night of Logan’s murder, having taken a cocktail of prescription medication for epilepsy and depression.
But her case was undone by CCTV evidence which showed lights being turned on and off in the family home at a time when she was the only one inside.
Angharad Williamson, 31, hysterically wailed (pictured above) while pretending to be unaware of what happened to five-year-old Logan Mwangi in Bridgend, Wales, last July
On the morning of July 31 last year the once ‘smiling, cheerful little boy’ (pictured), was found by police just 250 metres from his home submerged in the River Ogmore
Williamson was convicted alongside John Cole (both above), 40, of killing Logan at Cardiff Crown Court today while a teenage boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was also found guilty of murder
Footage shows Williamson screaming at Cole ‘Why am I not allowed to see my own biological son?’
While in her kitchen, she yells: ‘He is unconscious, why is he unconscious?’ Gesturing towards police officers before falling to the ground, she continues: ‘All I’m getting is answers like this.
‘Why is no one telling me what’s going on? He’s my baby, what’s going on?’
She is later seen stood on her doorstep, saying: ‘If he is unconscious he needs me. He needs warm clothes. He needs mum. I feel so useless. This is all my fault.’
Privately-educated Williamson, the daughter of a stockbroker, claimed to be an ‘overprotective mother’ but covered up attacks and abuse of Logan by lying to doctors, police and social workers about his previous injuries.
CCTV from a neighbouring property captured movements from the ground floor flat – including Cole and the youth leaving at 2.43am to dump Logan’s body in the river.
Just a minute after the pair left the house the CCTV showed lights in Logan’s bedroom being turned on and someone inside opening his bedroom curtains.
Williamson claimed it could not have been her as she was asleep – but she was the only adult inside the house.
Footage shows Williamson screaming at Cole ‘Why am I not allowed to see my own biological son?’ While pacing her kitchen (above), she yells: ‘He is unconscious, why is he unconscious?’
She is later seen stood on her doorstep, saying: ‘If he is unconscious he needs me. He needs warm clothes. He needs mum.’ She continues: ‘I feel so useless. This is all my fault’
Privately-educated Williamson, the daughter of a stockbroker, claimed to be an ‘overprotective mother’ but covered up attacks and abuse of Logan by lying to doctors, police and social workers about his previous injuries
Cole and the youth were outside the flat for almost nine minutes before returning to retrieve Logan’s torn pyjama top – which Cole said Williamson handed to him to get rid of as it could be incriminating.
In the period of time the pair were out of the house the curtains in Logan’s room are closed once again and the lights are switched off.
When Cole and the youth leave the house again to ditch Logan’s top they are out of the flat for 11 minutes and 11 seconds returning at 3.27am.
In his final few weeks on earth Logan had become miserable and anxious – wetting himself and self-harming by pinching himself or biting his lips until they bled.
Williamson said her relationship with unemployed Cole was initially ‘perfect’, saying: ‘I felt like I had failed Logan because his biological father wasn’t around and Jordan didn’t turn out to be a good person.
‘I desperately wanted a little fairytale family.’
She was awarded a two-bedroom council flat at 5 Lower Llansantffraid in Sarn, Bridgend, in January 2019 – the home where medics estimated Logan spent his tragic last hours dying in ‘extreme pain’.
In April 2019 she met 6ft 4ins and 15 stone John Cole on a night out in The Railway pub in Bridgend town centre before sleeping with him that night.
Williamson fell pregnant almost straight away and Cole – who lived just a five minute walk from her home – began a relationship despite him still living with his estranged partner.
During her pregnancy, epileptic Williamson suffered seizures throughout and moved to South Wales to stay with mum Clare who had retired to the village of St Bridge’s Major near Bridgend so she could receive extra help.
Logan’s father Benjamin Mwangi remained in Essex and, despite trying to maintain a relationship, the couple became estranged and eventually split.
Shortly after Williamson – who had a part-time job working at the village post office – married soldier Jordan Hunt who was based at nearby barracks but the marriage broke down when Hunt returned from Afghanistan with PTSD and was convicted of attacking her.
Williamson told the court she enjoyed her life as a single mum with Logan as she and her mother worked together to bring him up.
She said: ‘I took pictures every day, I took pictures of him sneezing, of him coughing, I was so overjoyed by Logan. I loved the bones of that boy.
‘My mum was like a second mum to Logan. She was great.’
Asked about her relationship with Logan, Williamson said: ‘It was beautiful.. I’m quite a needy emotional person and Logan was very cuddly, so is my mum. We were very close. Logan was my little sidekick. We did everything together, he was such beautiful a happy little boy.
‘He was so clever, he wanted to explore the world and see what it was about.. He was so clever and I was so proud, so proud, I put his photos up on my windows and showed him off on Facebook – I was so proud of him.’
A self-confessed ‘true crime’ fan, Williamson found herself arrested over Logan’s murder the day after his body was found.
She cried in the witness box as she shouted: ‘I didn’t do it. I didn’t hurt Logan,’ but the jury disagreed.
Pictured left: Logan Mwangi wearing his dinosaur pyjamas. Right: The ripped clothes which were recovered from the scene
Cole and Williamson, of Sarn, Bridgend, were convicted of killing Logan Mwangi by a jury of five men and seven women at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday after five hours of deliberation
Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the River Ogmore (circled, along with the house) where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31
ANOTHER child failed by the system: Logan Mwangi was beaten, starved and tortured before being murdered by his mother, stepfather and boy, 14 – as chilling CCTV shows killers carrying five-year-old’s body and dumping it in river
By Henry Martin for MailOnline
Logan Mwangi never stood a chance as he was kept prisoner and tortured in his home, with social workers missing crucial opportunities to save the little boy before he was murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old boy.
John Cole, 40, and Angharad Williamson, 31, of Sarn, Bridgend, and a teenage boy, who cannot be named because of his age, were convicted of murdering Logan at Cardiff Crown Court today.
On the morning of July 31 last year the once ‘smiling, cheerful little boy’, was found by police just 250 metres from his home submerged in the River Ogmore, wearing a pair of dinosaur pyjama bottoms and a Spider-Man top.
In the months and weeks leading up to his death, Logan had been ‘dehumanised’ by his family. His stammer worsened, becoming particularly bad around Cole, and he wet himself more frequently and began self-harming.
But in yet another astonishing failing by social services, workers missed at least two opportunities to rescue the schoolboy from the clutches of his parents, who ‘kept him prisoner’ in his dark bedroom – likened to a ‘dungeon’ – with a baby gate barring him from leaving after testing positive for coronavirus on July 20.
The case of Logan’s murder has chilling echoes of the tragic deaths of 16-month-old Star Hobson, six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and two-year-old Kyrell Matthews.
All three children were murdered after suffering months of systematic abuse at the hands of their wicked parents and repeatedly let down by agencies which missed chances to intervene. Both Arthur and Logan were put in greater danger when the country was put into lockdown.
Social workers visited Logan’s house the day before he died and took no action in May 2021 when the boy burned his neck on a hot bath tap. Their investigation relied on photographs of the tap and Logan’s injuries.
Social services had also been aware that the boy’s stepfather Cole had a criminal record for assault, burglary, possessing cannabis, resisting a police officer, blackmail and perverting the course of justice.
And police failed to take action a year earlier, when the five-year-old broke his arm. It emerged today he had been pushed down the stairs by the 14-year-old who later took part in killing him.
Cole, a former National Front member who nicknamed the five-year-old ‘Coco Pop’, forced the boy to eat Weetabix on family ‘takeaway nights’ while they feasted on KFC, and would tease him about the food he was missing out on.
Cole, who stood at 6ft4ins tall and weighed 15 stone, would tower over the 3ft 5ins, 3st Logan and use army-style punishments on him, forcing the child to do press-ups until he was in tears and collapse on the floor. Logan was also made to stand outside the house in just his pyjamas, neighbours said.
He held ‘long standing racist beliefs’ which could have been ‘relevant to his motives’ in the attacks on Logan, and he even stopped him from seeing his real father and grandmother, the court heard.
The 14-year-old boy, who looked disinterested as he tucked into bars of chocolate as he watched the murder trial, had threatened to kill his foster family after watching The Purge and asked girls to play a murder game where he would put their bodies in black bags.
‘Even the dog was afraid of him’ after he attacked the family pet by pulling it up by its back legs following an operation and allegedly spraying deodorant into its eyes, the court heard.
Logan had suffered 56 external cuts and bruises, and ‘catastrophic’ internal injuries, which were likened to a high-speed road accident.
Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the river where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31. His mother was caught on camera feigning crocodile tears and ignorance after killing him.
Experts said the injuries could have only been caused by a ‘brutal and sustained assault’ inflicted on Logan in the hours, or days, prior his death.
They also said the injuries were ‘consistent with child abuse’.
Williamson screamed ‘no, no, no’ as the verdicts were returned.
Judge Mrs Justice Jefford had to interrupt the jury and the clerk to tell Williamson to be quiet before the verdict against the youth was given.
‘Out of respect for your son and the youth please be quiet for the verdicts,’ she said.
Logan Mwangi’s mother Angharad Williamson, 31, (left) went on trial at Cardiff Crown Court with her partner John Cole (right), 40, and a 14-year-old boy
Logan (pictured) was found dead in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, around 250 metres from the flat where he lived with his family in Lower Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend on the morning of July 31, 2021
Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the river where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31
Logan, a previously ‘smiling, cheerful little boy’, was discovered in the River Ogmore (circled, along with the house) in Pandy Park, Bridgend, South Wales, on the morning of July 31 2021
The five-year-old boy had also been ‘kept like a prisoner’ in his small bedroom – likened by his mother to a ‘dungeon’ – with a baby gate barring him from leaving after testing positive for coronavirus on July 20
Police and forensics are pictured on the scene of the murder. The case of Logan’s murder has chilling echoes of the horrific killings of 16-month-old Star Hobson and six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
Logan’s biological father Benjamin Mwangi reading a statement outside Cardiff Crown Court this afternoon
Friends of the couple said Cole told them he did not like Logan, and others said his attitude changed after becoming obsessed with the idea Williamson had cheated with Logan’s father Benjamin Mwangi.
Medics made a safeguarding referral to the police after Logan suffered a broken arm in August 2020, with Williamson saying he had fallen down the stairs.
She took him to hospital the day after the incident and said she thought he had only dislocated his shoulder and had tried to put it back.
Later she told a friend the youth had confessed to pushing Logan down the stairs but it was not until January last year she told the police.
By March, due to concerns over Cole, Logan and his younger sibling had been assigned their own social worker, Gaynor Rush.
In June, a month before Logan died, the family were removed from the child protection register – meaning it was believed there was no longer a risk of significant harm.
A foster family the youth stayed with claimed to have heard him say he wanted to kill Logan.
They said they reported the teen’s ‘desire for violence’ and threats to harm Logan to his social worker Debbie Williams but that she seemed unconcerned. Ms Williams denies this.
A support worker also heard the youth, singing: ‘I love kids, I f****** love kids, I love to punch kids in the head, it’s orgasmic.’
Weeks before he died, Logan suffered a broken collarbone but he never got medical treatment.
On July 20 Logan tested positive for Covid-19 and he was shut in his bedroom with a baby gate barring him from leaving.
Ms Rees said: ‘He had been kept like a prisoner in his small bedroom in the flat you saw, a room likened by Williamson as a dungeon.’
Williamson claimed that two days before Logan’s body was found an argument about a spilt drink escalated and ended with Cole and the youth attacking him.
She accused Cole of punching Logan twice in the stomach and ordering the youth to ‘sweep’ Logan if he stuttered or flinched.
Moments later the youth carried out the martial arts-style manoeuvre, kicking his legs out from under him while using his hand to slam his head to the ground.
Williamson said she screamed for them to stop but said Cole replied: ‘The only way this boy understands is pain.’
Two days later, she phoned the police at 5.45am reporting Logan missing – claiming to have awoken to find him gone and accusing a woman of taking him.
Police arrived at the flat to find Williamson hysterical, while Cole and the youth could be seen walking around the area calling for him.
Footage shows Williamson screaming at Cole ‘Why am I not allowed to see my own biological son?’
While pacing her kitchen, she yells: ‘He is unconscious, why is he unconscious?’
Gesturing towards police officers before falling to the ground, she continues: ‘All I’m getting is answers like this.
‘Why is no one telling me what’s going on? He’s my baby, what’s going on?’
She is later seen stood on her doorstep, saying: ‘If he is unconscious he needs me.
‘He needs warm clothes. He needs mum. I feel so useless. This is all my fault.’
Prosecutors said this was part of an ‘elaborate’ cover-up concocted by the defendants and all three were accused of perverting the course of justice, of which Williamson and youth were convicted.
Cole, who was captured on CCTV carrying Logan’s body to the river from the flat, while being followed by the youth, admitted the charge.
He claimed he woke to the sound of Williamson screaming Logan was dead and he panicked.
CCTV shows a bedroom light being switched on and off while Cole and the youth were out – the prosecution used this evidence to show Williamson was awake and aware Logan was dead.
Cole said after dumping the boy’s body, Williamson sent him out again to hide his ripped pyjama top.
The youth never gave evidence in the trial.
The judge adjourned the case for sentencing at a date to be fixed.
The three defendants were said to have covered-up the horrific crime in an ‘elaborate charade’ by claiming Logan had gone missing or been kidnapped while in isolation.
Williamson had denied any involvement in her son’s death, saying she slept the whole night through and woke to find him missing.
Williamson and the youth denied murder and perverting the course of justice.
Cole denied murder but admitted perverting the course of justice.
Williamson and Cole also denied causing or allowing the death of a child.
The little boy was murdered after he caught Covid, before Williamson and Cole dumped his body in a river as if they were ‘fly-tipping’ rubbish, the court was told.
Pictured: Floral tributes and teddy bears left in Sarn on August 2
A post-mortem examination was carried out on August 2. Cole, Williamson (right) and the youth faced a jury over the boy’s death
The little boy was murdered after he caught Covid, before Williamson and Cole dumped his body in a river as if they were ‘fly-tipping’ rubbish, a court heard
Logan was found by officers on the riverbank on July 31 and taken to the town’s Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. Pictured: Police at the scene
Pictured: Angharad Williamson (left) and John Cole (right) pictured in court sketches
Williamson appeared distressed and as a summary of the evidence against her and the two other defendants was described by Caroline Rees QC.
She began to cry, becoming more upset as the jury was shown a picture of Logan and the circumstances of the five-year-old’s death was described.
A jury heard Williamson dialled 999 claiming her son had vanished in the night and said he’d been kidnapped from his bed after finding the garden gate open.
Williamson was heard calling Logan’s name during the 999 call and her partner and the teenage defendant went around asking neighbours if they had seen him.
Logan was found wearing only mis-matched pyjamas in the river by police a short time later, taken to the town’s Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
The court heard that, on the afternoon of July 30, a social worker made an unscheduled visit to Cole and Williamson’s address but was told she could not see Logan because he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was in self-isolation.
The trial had heard that Logan was ‘dehumanised’ in his final days by his mother, stepfather and the 14-year-old boy.
In her closing speech to the jury, Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC 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’.
She added: ‘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.
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.’
In a statement read on the steps of the court, Logan’s father paid tribute to him as ‘the sweetest and most beautiful boy’.
Mr Mwangi said: ‘Logan was the sweetest and most beautiful boy, whose life has been tragically cut short. The world is a colder and darker place without his warm smile and the happy energy with which he lived his life.
‘The hole that has been left in the hearts of all who knew and loved him will never be filled. No amount of time can heal the wounds that have been inflicted.’
He continued: ‘The wonderful memories I have of my son will never be tarnished, they will forever be in my heart and soul.
‘I loved him so much and somehow 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.
‘I would like to thank South Wales Police and the prosecution team who have worked tirelessly to bring those responsible for my son’s murder to court.
‘From all of us, thank you for doing an amazing job and for getting justice for my son.’