Logan Mwangi’s body was found dumped in the Ogmore River, about 250 meters from the home he shared with his family in Lower Llansantffraid, Bridgend, Wales last year.
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A heartbroken father speaks of his anguish after hearing a teenager ‘throw his son down the plane’s stairs’ less than a year before the 5-year-old was found dead in a river.
Logan Mwangi was tragically discovered in the Ogmore River in Sarn, Bridgend, South Wales, on 31 July 2021 after suffering “a brutal and persistent attack”.
A 14-year-old is currently on trial for Logan’s murder, along with the boy’s mother Angharad Williamson, 30, and stepfather John Cole at Cardiff Crown Court.
The child’s father, Benjamin Mwangi, was ‘going crazy’ the day Logan was found in the river, after being told the news at his workplace at a bookie in Brentwood, Essex.
A recording of Williamson’s call to police on non-emergency 101 in January 2021 was released to the grand jury on Wednesday.
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During the call, Williamson can be heard telling the call handler about an incident that occurred in August 2020 when Logan fell down the stairs and broke his arm.
Williamson testified that the teenage defendant had only recently admitted that it was he who pushed Logan.
She said: “We all thought he had fallen down the stairs but as it turns out, (the teenager) confessed last night that he pushed him down the stairs.”
“This is too much for me to deal with. I need to think about my children,” she added.
Williamson and the teen denied both murder and violation of the law, while Cole denied murder but admitted to the latter charge.
At the time of the incident, Williamson told Detective Constable Ian Pring, who interviewed her at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, that she heard Logan fall down the stairs after she called him down to eat. dark.
DC Pring said he was called to the hospital for his first check-up after “concerned about Logan’s welfare and how he was injured”.
Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC asked: “Did she (Williamson) tell the officer that Logan fell down the stairs? She suspected he dislocated his shoulder. And then she told you that she had dislocated her shoulder. She tried to pop her shoulders back into place and put.Log on the bed?
“Did she say the next morning his shoulders drooped so she had to be hospitalized for treatment?”
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“That’s correct,” DC Pring replied.
Williamson told the officer: “I had dislocated my shoulder before and my ex-partner was able to put it back in the socket. Then I decided I could put Logan’s arm back in place. “
“Then I grabbed Logan’s arm, straightened it, and screwed it back in place and I heard a click.”
She said Logan then stopped crying and she put a sling on him and carried him to bed, after giving him Calpol.
Williamson added: “At the time, I believed Logan did the right thing. Now I realize this was a mistake. I just made a bad call.”
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A statement from Logan’s father Benjamin Mwangi was also read in court in which he described the moment he was informed of his son’s death.
Officers from Essex Police attended his session at a bookmaker in Brentwood the day Logan was found in the river, and he said: “I told the police: ‘Don’t tell me this related to Logan.” Then they told me that Logan had passed away.
“I don’t remember if they told me anything else. At this point, I went into a frenzy. And I fell to the floor.”
In his account, he describes the day Logan was born as “the happiest time of my life”.
He said that he and Williamson had been together for a total of about two and a half years, and that he remained in contact with Logan for some time after their relationship ended.
However, at the time of Logan’s death, his connection with his son had diminished after Cole said he had been in contact with Williamson too much.
He said he didn’t know exactly how Logan “tortured” him.
Learning support worker at Tondu Elementary School Wendy John provided a statement in court, describing Logan as a “joyful, caring, loving and happy, intelligent child”.
But Ms John said she had noticed a change in him after the Covid-19 pandemic and he returned to school, saying: “I noticed his stuttering got worse and noticed he lose weight and have dark circles around the eyes.”
Statements from other witnesses read at the hearing said the juvenile defendant was prone to “outbreaks of violence” and frequently insulted both adults and children.
Williamson has been described by some as “volatile”, “deprived” and a person who “likes to be the center of attention”.
Cole and Williamson were also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child.
The trial continued.
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