Father of five-year-old Logan Mwangi admits it doesn't seem real

Father of five-year-old Logan Mwangi who was murdered by his mother, stepfather and boy, 14, admits ‘it really doesn’t seem real’ and that he had ‘been fighting to see his son for years’ in his first TV interview

  • Ben Mwangi will be speaking on TV for the first time about the murder of his son
  • Five-year-old, Logan Mwangi, was killed by his mother, Angharad Williamson, 31, her boyfriend John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old-boy
  • Logan’s devastated father, Ben, tells ITV he was stopped from seeing Logan

The father of a five-year-old boy murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old boy has asked why his son had to die in such horrific circumstances.

In April, Angharad Williamson, 31, John Cole, 40, and the youth were convicted after a 10-week trial at Cardiff Crown Court of murdering Logan Mwangi. They will be sentenced on Thursday.

The boy’s body was found in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, Bridgend, South Wales, on the morning of July 31 2021.

He had more than 50 external wounds, as well as multiple internal injuries akin to those found in victims of a fall from height or high-speed car crash.

Logan’s father, Ben Mwangi, had been denied contact with his son since April 2019 – around the time Williamson began her relationship with Cole.

Speaking to ITV in his first TV interview, which will air on Thursday, Mr Mwangi said: ‘What child has to go through that sort of torture for such a long period of the time? No, it really doesn’t seem real.


The father (left) of a five-year-old boy (pictured right, Logan Mwangi) murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old boy has asked why his son had to die in such horrific circumstances.

 In April, Angharad Williamson, 31, John Cole (pictured together), 40, and the youth were convicted after a 10-week trial at Cardiff Crown Court of murdering Logan Mwangi. They will be sentenced on Thursday

‘One of the biggest questions in my whole entire life I’ll always be asking myself is, ‘Why? Why did this happen? Why did Logan have to die?”

Cole was obsessed with the idea Williamson had cheated on him with Mr Mwangi, witnesses said.

The defendant reportedly used a racial slur to describe his step-son, and had links to the National Front.

Mr Mwangi said Williamson stopped him seeing Logan.

‘She blocked my number. For the past five years, I’ve been struggling and trying to fight just to see Logan. She made my life an absolute misery. All I’ve wanted to do was just be a dad,’ he said.

Just a month before Logan was killed last July, social workers in Bridgend removed him and a younger sibling from the child protection register – meaning they were no longer believed to be at risk of serious harm.

 Logan’s father, Ben Mwangi (pictured), had been denied contact with his son since April 2019 – around the time Williamson began her relationship with Cole

 Speaking to ITV in his first TV interview, which will air on Thursday, Mr Mwangi said: ‘What child has to go through that sort of torture for such a long period of the time? No, it really doesn’t seem real. Pictured, Ben’s tattoo

 Just a month before Logan (pictured) was killed last July, social workers in Bridgend removed him and a younger sibling from the child protection register – meaning they were no longer believed to be at risk of serious harm

But Logan had suffered ‘catastrophic’ internal injuries consistent with a ‘brutal and sustained assault’.

The day before police found his body, a social worker spent 20 minutes outside Logan’s home speaking to the three defendants, but did not see or hear him.

Mr Mwangi was not told his son was on the child protection register and wants the law changed so social services have a duty to inform estranged parents.

He said: ‘I probably would have tried to take him away. Why didn’t they do anything to make it a safe environment for him when it clearly wasn’t?

‘If I can stop this from happening to anybody else, then that will be the biggest, positive, most positive thing. My lasting memory of him was just a happy little boy that called me “Daddy”.

 But Logan (pictured) had suffered ‘catastrophic’ internal injuries consistent with a ‘brutal and sustained assault’

‘The wonderful memories I have with 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 get to see him grow up to be the wonderful man I know that he could be.’

A child practice review has been launched into Logan’s death and will be led by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board, which includes local councils and the police, probation service and NHS.

An ITV documentary, The Murder Of Logan Mwangi, was produced in conjunction with South Wales Police. It starts at 9pm on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Bridgend Council said it is fully participating and it would not be appropriate to comment further until the review was concluded.

Williamson (pictured with her son Logan) denied murdering the five-year-old. When police first arrived at her flat, she put on a display of crocodile tears 

On the morning of July 31 last year the once ‘smiling, cheerful little boy’ (pictured), was found by police just 250 metres from his home submerged in the River Ogmore

In the months and weeks leading up to his death, Logan had been dehumanised by his family. His stammer worsened, becoming particularly bad around Cole, and he wet himself more frequently and began self-harming.

But social services reportedly missed at least two opportunities to rescue the schoolboy from the clutches of his parents, who ‘kept him prisoner’ in his dark bedroom – likened to a ‘dungeon’ – with a baby gate barring him from leaving after testing positive for coronavirus on July 20.

The case of Logan’s murder has chilling echoes of the tragic deaths of 16-month-old Star Hobson, six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and two-year-old Kyrell Matthews.

TIMELINE: THE LOGAN MWANGI MURDER  

2016

March 15: Logan is born in the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, to Angharad Williamson and Benjamin Mwangi. Their relationship quickly breaks down and Mr Mwangi moves back to Brentwood, Essex.

June: Mr Mwangi visits Logan in Bridgend for their first father’s day together and they have regular contact. Williamson and Logan move in with Mr Mwangi in Essex but by August have returned to Wales.

By the end of the year, Williamson had married another man, but the relationship became violent. During this time, contact between Logan and his father ceases. 

2019

Contact between Logan and his father resumes. In April, Williamson takes Logan to visit Mr Mwangi and his family in Essex. 

This was the last time Mr Mwangi saw Logan, as Williamson was in a relationship with Cole and was preventing access. 

2020 

August: Police were called to the family home, a year before Logan died, after he suffered a broken arm from apparently falling down stairs. Williamson admits covering up and lying to police about this.

Police were called to the family home, a year before Logan died, after he suffered a broken arm from apparently falling down stairs. Williamson admits covering up and lying to police about this. 

2021 

January 21: Williamson calls 101 and during the conversation tells the operator the youth defendant had confessed to pushing Logan down the stairs when he fractured his arm. 

May: Social services took no action when Logan burned his neck on a hot bath tap. Their investigation relied on photographs of the tap and Logan’s injuries. 

July 31: A five-year-old boy is found dead in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park in Bridgend.

August 2: The boy is named as ‘funny and polite’ Logan Williamson. South Wales Police question three suspects.

August 5: Logan’s stepfather John Cole is charged with murder as the boy’s mother Angharad Williamson and a 13-year-old boy are jointly charged with perverting the course of justice – along with Cole.

August 7: Hundreds of well-wishers release red balloons into the sky at a vigil next to the river bank where Logan was found dead.

September 1: Inquest into Logan’s death hears that the five-year-old could have suffered a ‘violent or unnatural death’.

October 21: Logan’s mother is charged with murder along with the teenager, now 14.

2022

February 4: Angharad Williamson denies murder and causing or allowing the death of a child at Cardiff Crown Court. She has previously pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice.

John also appeared in court and denied causing or allowing the death of a child. He had already pleaded not guilty to murder and guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The 14-year-old boy had earlier denied murder and perverting the course of justice.

February 14: The three defendants appear in court to stand trial for the alleged murder of Logan.

February 21: The court hears that Logan suffered 56 catastrophic injuries to his body after he was allegedly beaten to death by his mother, stepfather and a ‘violent’ 14-year-old boy.

Jurors were told that the little boy was murdered after he caught Covid, before Williamson and Cole dumped his body in a river as if they were ‘fly-tipping’ rubbish.

The trio were said to have covered-up the horrific crime in an ‘elaborate charade’ by claiming Logan had gone missing or been kidnapped while in isolation.

April 21: Three defendants are convicted of Logan’s murder at Cardiff Crown Court.  

All three children were murdered after suffering months of systematic abuse at the hands of their wicked parents and repeatedly let down by agencies which missed chances to intervene. Both Arthur and Logan were put in greater danger when the country was put into lockdown.

Social workers visited Logan’s house the day before he died and took no action in May 2021 when the boy burned his neck on a hot bath tap. Their investigation relied on photographs of the tap and Logan’s injuries.

Social services had also been aware that the boy’s stepfather Cole had a criminal record for assault, burglary, possessing cannabis, resisting a police officer, blackmail and perverting the course of justice.

And police failed to take action a year earlier, when the five-year-old broke his arm. It emerged he had been pushed down the stairs by the 14-year-old who later took part in killing him.

Cole forced the boy to eat Weetabix on family ‘takeaway nights’ while they feasted on KFC, and would tease him about the food he was missing out on.

Cole, who stood at 6ft4ins tall and weighed 15 stone, would tower over the 3ft 5ins, 3st Logan and use army-style punishments on him, forcing the child to do press-ups until he was in tears and collapse on the floor. Logan was also made to stand outside the house in just his pyjamas, neighbours said.

He held ‘long standing racist beliefs’ which could have been ‘relevant to his motives’ in the attacks on Logan, and he even stopped him from seeing his real father and grandmother. 

Logan had suffered 56 external cuts and bruises, and ‘catastrophic’ internal injuries, which were likened to a high-speed road accident.

Cole was caught on CCTV carrying Logan’s limp body from the flat across a playing field towards the river where he was found by police shortly after dawn on July 31. His mother was caught on camera feigning crocodile tears and ignorance after killing him.

Experts said the injuries could have only been caused by a ‘brutal and sustained assault’ inflicted on Logan in the hours, or days, prior his death.

They also said the injuries were ‘consistent with child abuse’.

Friends of the couple said Cole told them he did not like Logan, and others said his attitude changed after becoming obsessed with the idea Williamson had cheated with Logan’s father.

Medics made a safeguarding referral to the police after Logan suffered a broken arm in August 2020, with Williamson saying he had fallen down the stairs.

She took him to hospital the day after the incident and said she thought he had only dislocated his shoulder and had tried to put it back.

Later she told a friend the youth had confessed to pushing Logan down the stairs but it was not until January last year she told the police.

By March, due to concerns over Cole, Logan and his younger sibling had been assigned their own social worker, Gaynor Rush.

In June, a month before Logan died, the family were removed from the child protection register – meaning it was believed there was no longer a risk of significant harm.

Williamson claimed that two days before Logan’s body was found an argument about a spilt drink escalated and ended with Cole and the youth attacking him.

She accused Cole of punching Logan twice in the stomach and ordering the youth to ‘sweep’ Logan if he stuttered or flinched.

Moments later the youth carried out the martial arts-style manoeuvre, kicking his legs out from under him while using his hand to slam his head to the ground.

Williamson said she screamed for them to stop but said Cole replied: ‘The only way this boy understands is pain.’

Two days later, she phoned the police at 5.45am reporting Logan missing – claiming to have awoken to find him gone and accusing a woman of taking him.

Police arrived at the flat to find Williamson hysterical, while Cole and the youth could be seen walking around the area calling for him.

Footage shows Williamson screaming at Cole ‘Why am I not allowed to see my own biological son?’

While pacing her kitchen, she yells: ‘He is unconscious, why is he unconscious?’

Gesturing towards police officers before falling to the ground, she continues: ‘All I’m getting is answers like this. Why is no one telling me what’s going on? He’s my baby, what’s going on?’

She is later seen stood on her doorstep, saying: ‘If he is unconscious he needs me. He needs warm clothes. He needs mum. I feel so useless. This is all my fault.’

Prosecutors said this was part of an ‘elaborate’ cover-up concocted by the defendants and all three were accused of perverting the course of justice, of which Williamson and youth were convicted.

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