Boy, 14, is charged with murder of five-year-old boy who was found dead in river. Victim’s step-father was already facing murder charge and mother has been charged with perverting the course of justice
- Police announced they had charged a boy, 14, with Logan Mwangi’s murder in a statement this morning
- Logan’s step-father John Cole, 39, has also been accused of killing the boy, five, on Saturday, July 31
- Mother Angharad Williamson, 30, charged with perverting the course of justice over the death
By Dan Sales For Mailonline
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A 14-year-old schoolboy has appeared in court charged with the murder of five-year-old Logan Mwangi, from Bridgend.
The teenager, who has not been identified by police because of his age, spoke at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court to confirm his name, age and address.
He had already been charged with perverting the course of justice over the little boy’s death in July.
Judge Stephen Harmes told him ‘take your hands out of your pockets’ before he remanded him in authority care ahead of a crown court appearance.
He said: ‘Mr Isaac (your lawyer) will help you understand what’s going on.
‘You’ll be going to Crown Court probably next week but for now you’ll continue as you have been.’
The court head the boy’s bail conditions included wearing an electronic tag and staying away from Sarn.
Logan – also known as Logan Williamson – was found dead in Ogmore River near Pandy Park in Bridgend after police were called to a report of a missing child at 5.45am on Saturday July 31.
He was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in the town, where it was confirmed that he had died.
Logan’s step-father John Cole, 39, has also been accused of murder after he was found with a string of injuries.
Cole, Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson, 30, have also been charged with perverting the course of justice.
A spokesman for South Wales Police told MailOnline: ‘Detectives investigating the death of five-year old Logan Mwangi from Sarn, Bridgend have charged a 14 year-old boy with murder.’
Tragic Logan Mwangi, five, was found in the River Ogmore close to his home in the village of Sarn near Bridgend in July
Logan’s step-father John Cole, 39, has also been accused of murder after he was found with a string of injuries. Cole, Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson, 30, and the 14-year-old boy have also been charged with perverting the course of justice
A police diver surfaces in the bank of river Ogmore in Lower Llansantffraid near Bridgend during the investigation
Logan was in a nursery class at Brynmenyn Primary School in Bridgend where he was loved by pupils and staff.
Mother Lois Shepherd, 25, left a cuddly toy baby shark chosen by daughter Maisie-Rae, four, after news of his death was made public.
She said at the time: ‘I’m just shocked and gobsmacked – the is such a small community everyone is feeling the pain of what happened.’
Messages left at the river bank also included: ‘Fly high Logan, sending love and kisses,’ ‘RIP angel’ and ‘Thinking of you.’
A mother of two who drove two miles to the scene said through tears in August: ‘I didn’t know the little boy and his family but I felt I had to come.
‘It’s so sad, I can’t comprehend it’
An inquest opening heard Logan was discovered in the River Ogmore, in Sarn, Bridgend on July 31.
Coroner’s officer Lauren Howitt told the Pontypridd hearing Logan had been formally identified by his grandmother Claire Williamson.
Logan – also known as Logan Williams – was found dead in Ogmore River in Bridgend after he was reported missing in July
Pictured here are police and forensics on the scene of the murder after Logan was found dead in the river near Bridgend
Floral tributes near the scene where the body of five-year-old Logan was found in July as the neighbourhood mourned
A police officer at a police cordon near the scene on August 3, 2021 in Sarn, Bridgend, at the scene where Logan was found
A post-mortem examination was carried out but a provisional cause of death was pending further investigation.
Assistant South Wales Coroner Rachel Knight said: ‘I am satisfied it’s necessary to open an inquest as there is reason to expect his death maybe violent or unnatural.
‘I have seen correspondence from the CPS in this case which says people have appeared in criminal courts and a trial date has been set.’
Cole, Williamson and the youth are set to face a four-week trial next year to decide on their part in the tragic death of ‘cheeky boy’ Logan.
A court previously heard the youngster suffered ‘extreme pain’ in an attack before he was found following a search.
A provisional trial date for all three was set for January 31 next year with a time estimate of four weeks.