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Mum and stepdad of boy, 5, pulled dead from river in court over his murder

The mother Angharad Williamson and stepfather John Cole of the five-year-old boy, Logan Mwangi, who was pulled dead from a Welsh river have appeared in court in Cardiff over his murder in Bridgend.
Logan Mwangi was found with a torn liver and internal head injury (Picture: PA/South Wales Police)

The mother and stepfather of a five-year-old boy who was pulled dead from a Welsh river have appeared in court over his murder.

Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was found on Saturday with multiple injuries including a torn liver, an internal head injury and a broken collarbone.

His mum Angharad Williamson, 30, and stepdad John Cole, 39, today separately appeared before magistrates in Cardiff.

Cole, from Bridgend, is charged with the murder of Logan and perverting the course of justice. He stared at the floor throughout the hearing while wearing a grey prison tracksuit.

Williamson, also from Bridgend, hung her head and did not look up as she appeared in the dock charged with perverting the course of justice over her son’s death.

A 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to his age, also appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice before he was remanded to local authority care.

All three will appear at Newport Crown Court on Friday.

Angharad Williamson (C), the mother of Logan Mwangi (R), the five year old who died in Ogmore river, with partner Jay Cole (L).
Stepdad John Cole and mum Angharad Williamson today appeared in court over Logan’s murder (Picture: Athena)
Logan Williamson or Logan Mwangi.
Logan was described by family friends as ‘kind, funny and clever’ (Picture: Dimitris Legakis/Athena Pictures)
A couple arrested over the suspected murder of little Logan Williamson were planning on getting married next year - with the tragic five-year-old excited about being a pageboy. Mum Angharad Williamson, 30, and partner Jay Cole, 39, became engaged less than 10 weeks ago and began planning their wedding for next year. Neighbours revealed how Logan was
Cole and Williamson got engaged less than three months ago, said neighbours (Picture: Wales News Service)

Logan’s body was found in Ogmore River, near Pandy Park, in Bridgend on Saturday, after police were called to a report of a missing child at about 5.45am.

The little boy was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, where it was confirmed that he had died.

Tributes have poured in for little Logan, who family friends described as ‘kind, funny, polite, handsome and clever’ on social media.

Logan lived in a flat with his family in Sarn just 400 yards away from the river where he was found dead.

Cole and Williamson got engaged less than three months ago and Logan was ‘beyond excited’ to become a pageboy for the ceremony planned for next year, said neighbours.

The five year old who died in Ogmore river, named locally as Logan Williamson, pictured by Ogmore river on July 2019.
Little Logan pictured by Ogmore River, where he was found dead on Saturday (Picture: Athena)
Police tape at a property in the Sarn area of Bridgend, south Wales, near to where five-year-old Logan Mwangi was found dead in the Ogmore River on Saturday.
Police tape at a property in the Sarn area of Bridgend, south Wales, near to where Logan was found dead in the Ogmore River (Picture: PA)
BRIDGEND, WALES - AUGUST 03: A photo of a young boy, believed to be Logan Williamson, (also known as Logan Mwangi) is left amongst the floral tributes near the scene where the body of five-year-old Logan Williamson was found on August 3, 2021 in Sarn, Bridgend, Wales. The body of five-year-old Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was found in the Ogmore River in Bridgend in the early hours of Saturday morning. A 39-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and 13-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Hundreds of floral tributes have been left near the scene where Logan’s body was found in Sarn (Picture: Matthew Horwood)

Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea, said: ‘This is a very harrowing case for all involved and I extend my deepest sympathies to Logan’s family and friends.

‘This remains an extensive and sensitive investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team and I am grateful to the local community for its support and understanding while we have continued to gather evidence across several scenes.

‘Legal proceedings are now underway and I want to remind everyone to avoid speculation which may prejudice this investigation.

‘We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact the Major Crime Investigation Team.’

Pictured L-R: Angharad Williamson, the mother of Logan, the five year old who died in Ogmore river, with partner John Cole.
Cole is charged with the murder of his stepson, while Williamson is charged with perverting the course of justice (Picture: Athena)
Tributes left at the scene in the Sarn area of Bridgend, south Wales, near to where five-year-old Logan Mwangi was found dead in the Ogmore River on Saturday. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021. PA Photo. A 39-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy, all from the Bridgend area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. See PA story POLICE Bridgend. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Tributes left at the scene in the Sarn area of Bridgend (Picture: PA)

Young friends of little Logan have been among those leaving hundreds of tributes including flowers, cards, and soft toys at a riverside bridge near where he was found.

One note attached to flowers said: ‘RIP Logan, such a beautiful little soul taken way too soon. You will be dearly missed. Sleep tight my lovely. Until we meet again!’

Another read: ‘Such a brave, beautiful, caring little boy that was taken way too soon. I will never forget you and I miss you more than I can put into words.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

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