Speaking on the steps of Cardiff Crown Court just minutes after seeing three people convicted of his son’s death, Benjamin Mwangi said his “wonderful” memories of Logan would “never be tarnished”.
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Logan Mwangi’s grieving father has paid tribute to his ‘cutest boy’ whom he tragically ‘won’t see grow up’.
Benjamin Mwangi spoke on the steps of Cardiff Crown Court just minutes after spotting three people convicted of murdering his son – his mother Angharad Williamson, stepfather John Cole, 40, and an unarmed youth.
Speaking after the jury’s verdict, Mr Mwangi said: “Logan was the sweetest and most beautiful boy whose life was tragically cut short. The world is a colder and darker place without his warm smile and happy energy with which he lived his life.
“The hole left in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him will never be filled. No time can heal the wounds inflicted.
“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 see him grow up to be the wonderful man he would have been.
“I would like to thank the South Wales Police and Prosecutors team who have worked tirelessly to bring those responsible for my son’s murder to justice. From all of us, thank you for doing a great job of getting justice for my son.”
Logan was found dead in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park on July 31st last year Bridge.
The student had sustained injuries that a pathologist described as “extremely so that one would expect them to result from a fall from a height or a high-speed traffic accident.”
A testimony from Mr Mwangi was read to the court during the trial. You can see it in full here.
Of the moment he learned of his son’s death, he said: “I was at work in Essex when sometime between 2pm and 2.30pm officers came to see me at work. Just before that I got a call from my brother but I couldn’t tell him much – he was quite unpredictable. I just remember him telling me the police were there and he would call back.
“I said to my colleague that something must be seriously wrong. My father had been ill, so I thought something was wrong with my father. When the police arrived, I went with them to the back of the office and asked if something had happened to my father.
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“When they said it wasn’t father, my thoughts immediately went to Logan. I said, ‘Please tell me this has nothing to do with Logan’ and then they told me Logan died.
“I was hysterical and fell to the ground. I left work without telling anyone what happened and the police took me home. My mother Pauline Mwangi and my brother Zack Mwangi stayed at my house.”
Mr Mwangi said he had been given the contact details of a South Wales Police officer but had not called as he was “unable to process information”. The next day, Mr Mwangi said he felt “numb” and couldn’t comprehend what had happened. He was later contacted by an officer and told him three people had been arrested on suspicion of Logan’s murder, but the information “didn’t appear to be real.”
The police also paid tribute to the “innocent” five-year-old after the trial ended. Lianne Rees, Senior Investigative Officer Detective Inspector from South Wales Police’s Serious Crime Team, said: “Logan was a beautiful, bright and innocent five-year-old little boy with his whole life ahead of him.
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“It’s hard to imagine how Logan must have suffered at the hands of those he trusted and unimaginable that those who should have loved and protected him betrayed him in the worst possible way. Attempts to cover up the crime in the hours after Logan’s death, and the subsequent web of lies and deceit that was to follow, are indicative of her callousness and lack of remorse.
“The impact of Logan’s tragic death on so many people is immeasurable. Nothing can bring Logan back, but I hope today’s result will bring some comfort to those who loved him. We will continue to provide technical support to those affected and I encourage those in the local community who remain affected to seek support.
“I would also like to acknowledge the professionalism of police officers and emergency medical service colleagues who, back in July last year, faced the most traumatic scenes imaginable, and thank my detective team who worked tirelessly on this investigation together with the prosecutor and the prosecutor . The efforts of everyone involved have contributed to today’s result.”
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