The body of five-year-old Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was found in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, Bridgend, a few hundred yards from his childhood home
A man accused of beating his five-year-old stepson to death and dumping his body in a river claims he woke up to find the boy lifeless in bed, a court heard.
Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was found on 31st July 2021 in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, Bridgend, a few hundred yards from his childhood home.
He had suffered catastrophic injuries, including a large tear in his liver, another in his small intestine, extensive bruising, and a brain hemorrhage.
Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson, 30, his stepfather John Cole and a 14-year-old boy who cannot be legally identified are on trial at Cardiff Crown Court for murder.
On Wednesday, the jury was read transcripts of Cole’s police interviews, in which he admitted to being rough on Logan but denied causing his fatal injuries.
He claimed Logan was a “nightmare” and often threw himself on the floor. He admitted throwing Logan on the bed in frustration and slapping him on the back of the head.
But he said he woke up on the morning of July 31 to hear Williamson screaming, “Logan is dead, Logan is dead,” the jury heard.
Cole said in a statement: “I came running through, he was lying on his back with his head to the side and in a weird position – his legs were half bent at the knees.
“His eyes were wide open, I moved his head and he sagged.”
The defendant claimed he performed CPR for between 10 and 15 minutes but accepted that he had not called 999.
Cole was told in an interview that Logan had no injuries to his chest consistent with emergency CPR, but he insisted he had, the court heard.
Cole claimed he and Williamson “panked” and decided to dump Logan’s body in the river rather than call the police.
He said he picked a spot close to where he and the teenage defendant had dumped rubbish a few days earlier.
Cole denied beating Logan to death when accused of it.
Earlier, the jury heard testimony from Sarah Jones, a crime manager at HMP Cardiff, where Cole was imprisoned.
She described an incident in August 2021 when Cole allegedly appeared to blame the 14-year-old, who is also on trial, for the murder.
Ms Jones said Cole told her without prompting: “The thing is, I didn’t kill Logan.
“I have a moral dilemma, do I go down for murder and protect (the 14-year-old)?”
Ms Jones said: “I don’t remember the exact wording but it definitely suggested that the (juvenile defendant) was directly involved.”
Several caregivers who dealt with the teen after Logan’s death said he alternated between being hostile and using a baby voice when he felt it would get him out of trouble.
One, Julie Rowlands, recalled the 14-year-old singing “I love kids, I f***ing love kids, I love to punch kids in the head, it’s orgasmic” one night when told he was should go to bed.
She said the youth repeatedly sang those words “to no particular tune,” as if “he wanted us to know what he was singing about.”
Other staff reported the youth said, “I’ve done some bad things,” and indicated he plans to plead guilty.
When Ms Rowlands asked if he wanted to speak to anyone confidentially, the 14-year-old told her: “If you knew what was going on in my head, trust me, you don’t want to know.”
Williamson and the juveniles deny murder and perversion of justice.
Cole denies murder, but admits to having perverted the course of justice.
Cole and Williamson are also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child.
The process goes on.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/stepdad-accused-killing-logan-mwangi-26541135 Stepfather accused of killing Logan Mwangi, 5, claims he found him lifeless