Mum accused of murdering Logan Mwangi retches in dock as extensive injuries read out

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A mother accused of murdering her five-year-old son cried and retched as prosecutors detailed the full extent of her son’s catastrophic injuries.

Logan Mwangi was found dead in a river next to a park after suffering the kind of injuries usually found in car crash victims, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

His mum Angharad Williamson, 30, and her partner John Cole, 40, – alongside a youth – are accused of murdering the youngster.

Logan suffered more than 56 injuries before his body was dumped like “fly tipping”. All three deny being responsible for his death and are on trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

On Monday, jurors were warned that the evidence will be “difficult to listen to” ahead pathologist Dr John Williams’ testimony, reports WalesOnline.

Dr Williams performed a post mortem on Logan on August 1, 2021, the day after his body was found in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park in Bridgend.

The witness told the jury he found 56 external injuries on Logan’s body in total.

Angharad Williamson pictured with her son Logan who died from catastrophic injuries ( Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

Dr Williams said there was “extensive deep scalp bruising” to the back of the head – and patchy “deep scalp bruising” to the left and right frontal scalp.

There was also haemorrhaging to the right side of the head and inside the skull. A separate examination of Logan’s brain – which was carried out on August 25, 2021 – revealed “brain swelling, bleeding, microcalcification, and hypoxic ischemic brain injury”.

The court heard there was evidence of severe blunt force injury to the abdomen including tearing to the liver and bowel and stripping of the duodenum from anantomical attachments.

Logan’s mum Angharad & stepdad John Cole

Dr Williams later added: “The court heard there were features indicating a period of survival following injuries being sustained which may have been up to several hours… The findings do not indicate death occurred immediately after injuries were sustained.”

He said the severity of these injuries may be expected with a fall or collapse, and absent of a high velocity accident, the injuries are consistent with “a blow or blows, a kick or kicks or impact of impacts with a weapon”.

The medical cause of Logan’s death was given as blunt force abdominal injury and cerebral injury including brain swelling, hypoxic ischemic neuronal injury and traumatic brain injury.

Logan’s death was given as blunt force abdominal injury and cerebral injury including brain swelling, hypoxic ischemic neuronal injury and traumatic brain injury ( Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

At a number of points during the evidence, Williamson could be heard crying the dock – and retching at one point.

As part of its case, the Crown says while it cannot show exactly what happened, all three defendant’s had tried to “desperately cover up their involvement in his death”.

The trial has previously heard that Willamson phoned 999 at 5.46am on August 31 to report her son missing – a call that the Crown alleges Logan’s mum was “playing the part of a distraught mother to the full extent of her acting abilities”.

Logan’s mum Angharad Williamson wept in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court ( Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

All three defendants also accused of perverting the course of justice, including moving Logan’s body to the river near Pandy Park, removing his clothing, washing bloodstained bed linen, and making a false missing person report to police.

Williamson, from Sarn, Bridgend, and the youth pleaded not guilty to both offences. Cole, of Maesglas, Ynysawdre, Bridgend, has denied murder but admitted perverting the course of justice.

Williamson and Cole were also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child, which they both denied.

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