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Three people sentenced for Logan Mwangi’s murder

Three people have been sentenced for the murder of five year old Logan Mwangi at Cardiff Crown Court.

Logan’s step-father John Cole, his mother Angharad Williamson and 14-year-old Craig Mulligan, who was raised by Cole, were convicted of murder after a jury heard all the evidence, which included CCTV showing John Cole carrying Logan’s body to a river near the home.

Craig Mulligan can now be named after reporting restrictions were lifted.

Logan Mwangi’s body was found by police officers in the River Ogmore in Bridgend at around 6am on Saturday 31st July, shortly after the police were called by Logan’s mother, Angharad Williamson.

Following a 10-week trial at Cardiff Crown Court, Ms Williamson, his step-father John Cole and Craig Mulligan were charged with Logan’s murder. The court heard how the defendants had colluded to cover-up Logan’s murder in the hours that followed his death.

Angharad Williamson called the police and initially claimed her son was missing from home. Logan’s body was located by police shortly after they arrived at the scene.

Police officers soon became suspicious, and as the investigation progressed CCTV recovered from a nearby house captured John Cole and Craig Mulligan taking Logan’s body from the house in the early hours of the morning.

Angharad claimed during questioning to have slept through the night, denying that was responsible for switching lights on and off and moving curtains inside the flat which was captured on CCTV.

All denied any involvement in Logan’s death, but Cole accepted he disposed of the body after Logan died in the house.

A medical examination of Logan’s injuries likened them to injuries seen in a fall from a great height or a high velocity road traffic collision.

Mani Ranauta of the CPS said: “This was a callous and cold-hearted killing. Logan was described as a happy, chatty, five-year-old child; a child who stood little chance of protecting himself from the very people who should have been giving him care.

“It was important for the CPS to present the strongest possible case to obtain justice for Logan, and we are pleased this has now been achieved.

“This shocking case will undoubtedly stay with my colleagues and me, and our thoughts remain with Logan.”

John Cole was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 29 years. Angharad Williamson was also sentenced to life imprisonment and was ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years, while Craig Mulligan was sentenced to 15 years and will be on licence for life.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board is undertaking a Child Practice Review in relation to Logan, which is being carried out in accordance with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 “Working Together to Safeguard People” Volume 2.

This Child Practice Review aims to examine agencies’ involvement with Logan and his family to identify what lessons can be learnt for the future. It is chaired by an independent person and two independent reviewers have been appointed to carry out the Review.

A report is due to be presented to the Regional Safeguarding Board in the Autumn 2022, before being submitted to the Welsh Government for final endorsement and publication.

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