Stepdad pleads not guilty to murder of five-year-old Logan Mwangi
12 Nov 2021
A man accused of killing his five-year-old stepson has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Logan Mwangi's body was found in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park in Bridgend
on the morning of Saturday, July 31.
Logan's stepdad and mum - John Cole, 39, and 30-year-old Angharad Williamson - have since both been charged with murder.
Among the multiple injuries Logan suffered was a torn liver, an internal head injury and a broken collarbone.
An earlier inquest opening heard a formal cause of death had not been established, but there was reason to expect his death was "violent or unnatural".
Cole pleaded not guilty to murder but pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice - namely, moving Logan's body from Lower Llansantffraid to the river area near Pandy Park, removing clothing belonging to Logan to the river area, washing blood stained bed linen belonging to Logan and making false reports to police Logan was missing.
Williamson did not enter pleas to the murder charge. However, she pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice.
A third defendant, who is a youth, appeared via video link from another room in the court building. The youth cannot be named for legal reasons.
He pleaded not guilty to both murder and perverting the course of justice.
A provisional trial date was initially given as January 31, 2022, but prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said this would not be met.
Mrs Justice Jefford made set a new provisional trial date for February 14, 2022.