Logan Mwangi's dad reveals horror moment he 'collapsed to the ground' after learning son, 5, had been 'murdered'March 16, 2022
LOGAN Mwangi's dad today today told jurors of the moment he collapsed to the ground after discovering his son was dead.
The five-year-old boy was found with horrific injuries after being dumped in the Ogmore River near his home in Bridgend like "fly-tipped" rubbish.
His mum Angharad Williamson, 30, stepdad John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old boy are accused of murder and perverting the course of justice.
Logan's dad Benjamin Mwangi told Cardiff Crown Court of the moment he discovered his son had been killed.
He said he was working at a bookmakers in Essex when officers arrived at the door.
Mr Mwangi added: "I said please don't let this is to do with Logan and they told me he had passed away.
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"I was hysterical and fell to the floor. I don't know if they said anything else.
"I could not process anything I was being told."
The dad described the day Logan was born as "the happiest time of my life".
But his contact with his son had diminished after Cole told Williamson he was contacting her too much, it was said.
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The court was also told the 14-year-old defendant admitted he chucked Logan down a flight of stairs and broke his arm just months before the boy died.
A recording of a 101 call made by Williamson in January 2021 was played to jurors where she detailed the incident, which took place in August 2020.
She said: "We all thought he'd fallen down the stairs but it turns out, [the teenager] confessed last night that he pushed him down the stairs.
"This is too much for me to handle."
Williamson then allegedly told a police officer she tried to pop Logan's shoulder back in place until she heard a "click".
'PUSH UP PUNISHMENTS'
The mum only took him to hospital the next day when his shoulder was "dropping down".
Jurors previously heard how the youngster was subjected to cruel displicines at home by Williamson and Cole before his death.
He was forced to do push ups while in tears and made to face the wall for 30 minutes at a time as a "punishment", it is said.
Logan was also blocked from eating takeaway food by his mum and stepdad and was instead handed cereal for dinner.
He had been referred to social services just months before he died amid fears for his safety.
Williamson had made a 999 call in the early hours of July 31, 2021, and began "hyperventilating" down the phone as she falsely reported her son missing.
The court was told Cole and the 14-year-old boy were caught on CCTV leaving the house in the early hours of the morning.
Jurors heard the stepdad has since admitted he was carrying Logan's dead body in his arms during the chilling footage.
The pair walked along the riverside path to where the youngster's body was found before they returned to a house.
They were captured again heading out – this time to allegedly dump Logan's bloodied pyjama top.
The sound of a tumble dryer and washing machine was also picked up in bodycam footage, which the prosecution say was to clean the child's bloodied bedlinen.
Logan was tragically discovered wearing mis-matched pyjamas in the river by police a short time later and was taken to hospital.
Jurors grew upset as they were told the brutal injuries he had suffered before his death.
In total the youngster had 56 external injuries to his head, face, torso arms and legs from a blunt force trauma.
Tragically Logan is believed to have survived for several hours after the assault, meaning he may have been saved, it was said.
Home office pathologist Dr John Williams found he was covered in bruises including on his scalp and tongue.
The court was told he had received "catastrophic" injuries to his abdomen including a tear measuring 5.5cm by 3cm on his liver and a second rip on his bowel.
Jurors heard there was also evidence Logan's collar bone had been broken in the weeks before his death – suggesting he may have been abused "over a prolonged period of time".
Ms Rees said: "The injuries should be considered as consistent with inflicted injury by blows, kicks or impact with a weapon. The deep scalp injury is also consistent with blunt force trauma."
Logan is believed to have been murdered at home before an "elaborate charade" was hatched to cover up his death.
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All three defendants, who deny murder, allegedly "prioritised their own self preservation over all else".
Cole and Williamson deny causing or allowing the death of a child but Cole admits perverting the course of justice by moving Logan's body.
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