Boy who was found dead in a river in Wales suffered a 'violent or unnatural' death, inquest hears

Boy who was found dead in a river in Wales suffered a 'violent or unnatural' death, inquest hears

A five-year-old boy found dead in a Welsh river may have suffered a 'violent or unnatural' death, an inquest has heard, as his step-father faces trial for his murder.

Logan Mwangi's body was discovered in the Ogmore River on July 31 near his home in Sarn, Bridgend, after he was reported missing by his mother Angharad Williamson.

The youngster was confirmed dead at the Princess of Wales Hospital and it was later discovered he had sustained multiple injuries, including an internal head injury, a torn liver and a broken collarbone.

His step-father John Cole, 39, has been accused of Logan's murder while Williamson, 30, and a 13-year-old, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, have been charged with perverting the course of justice.

A court previously heard the nursery pupil, also known to his friends as Logan Williamson, suffered 'extreme pain' in an attack before he was found following a search.

His step-father John Cole, 39, has been accused of Logan's murder while Williamson (all pictured), 30, and a 13-year-old have been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Coroner's officer Lauren Howitt told the Pontypridd hearing that Logan had been formally identified by his grandmother Claire Williamson.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on August 2, but a provisional cause of death is 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.'

Ms Knight expressed her condolences to Logan's family and adjourned the inquest until the conclusion of the criminal case, WalesOnline reported.

Police found Logan's body after they were called to Sarn in Bridgend, South Wales, to early morning reports of the missing boy on July 31.

Ms Knight expressed her condolences to Logan's family and adjourned the inquest until the conclusion of the criminal case. Pictured: Cole and Williamson.

The tragic youngster lived just 400 yards away from the river where he was found in a ground-floor terraced flat with his mother and step-father.

Cole and Williamson became engaged less than three months ago - and little Logan was excited at becoming a pageboy.

Cole and Williamson and the youth defendant have previously appeared at Newport Crown Court on August 14.

The two adults were remanded in custody while the 13-year-old was remanded in the care of the local authority.

All three defendants are set to face a trial, which is estimated to last four weeks, with a provisional trial date set for January 31.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark O'Shea, previously said: 'This is a very harrowing case for all involved and I extend my deepest sympathies to Logan's family and friends.

'This remains an extensive and sensitive investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team and I am grateful to the local community for its support and understanding while we have continued to gather evidence across several scenes.

'Legal proceedings are now underway and I want to remind everyone to avoid speculation which may prejudice this investigation.

'We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact the Major Crime Investigation Team.'

Young friends of little Logan have been among those leaving hundreds of tributes including flowers, cards, and soft toys at a riverside bridge nearby where he was found.

Parents of his reception class have broken the news of Logan 'going to see the angels in heaven' - and asked about their memories of the playful boy.

One attached to flowers said: 'RIP Logan, such a beautiful little soul taken way too soon. You will be dearly missed. Sleep tight my lovely. Until we meet again!'
Boy who was found dead in a river in Wales suffered a 'violent or unnatural' death, inquest hears
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