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Murdered Logan Mwangi's mother tells jury she was a 's*** mother'

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A woman accused of murdering her five-year-old son admitted she was a ‘s*** mother said the young boy was ‘scared s*******’ of her boyfriend who had earlier threatened to kill him, a court has heard. 

Logan Mwangi, five, was locked in a ‘dungeon-like room’ in the days leading up to his death in July 2021. 

The youngster’s body was found on the banks of the River Ogmore,  400 metres from his home in Bridgend last July. 

Giving evidence at Cardiff Crown Court, Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson admitted that by January 2021 her young son was a ‘very unhappy child’. 

Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said: ‘Logan was pinching himself and biting his lip until he bled, it’s the case that Logan was a very unhappy boy by January 2021 isn’t it?’

Williamson is on trial along with her partner John Cole and a 14-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons in connection with Logan’s death.  

Angharad Williamson, pictured in a sketch from Cardiff Crown Court  on Wednesday, told a jury today that she was a's*** mother' who had failed to protect her son from harm

Angharad Williamson, pictured in a sketch from Cardiff Crown Court  on Wednesday, told a jury today that she was a ‘s*** mother’ who had failed to protect her son from harm

Logan Mwangi, pictured here, was killed in July 2021 and was found dumped on a river bank some 400 metres from his home in Bridgend, south Wales

Logan Mwangi, pictured here, was killed in July 2021 and was found dumped on a river bank some 400 metres from his home in Bridgend, south Wales 

The jury heard John Cole (seen in a court sketch on March 30), had'threatened to kill' Logan if he was responsible for splitting up his relationship with the boy's mother. Williamson told the court that Logan was'scared s*******' of Cole

The jury heard John Cole (seen in a court sketch on March 30), had ‘threatened to kill’ Logan if he was responsible for splitting up his relationship with the boy’s mother. Williamson told the court that Logan was ‘scared s*******’ of Cole

Williamson said: ‘He was different yes.’

Ms Rees said: ‘He was wetting himself and self-harming and by this point he tested positive for Covid he was stuck in a room on his own behind a barred gate and made to face the wall when people came to the room.’

Williamson said: ‘It wasn’t like that’, she added: ‘You make out he was in a prison.’

Ms Rees said: ‘Using your words you used the word “dungeon” – can you explain why?’

Williamson said: ‘Because it was dark in there.’

Ms Rees said: ‘But he wasn’t free to come and go. You thought that was ok?’

Williamson said: ‘No he wasn’t. I thought it was acceptable for him to stay in his room, I had food and took it in there, I still interacted with him I would talk to him. He had £500-worth of toys, a laptop, he was in his pyjamas having chill out duvet days which he loved.’

Ms Rees said: ‘But toys are no substitute for the love and affection of his mother.’

Williamson replied: ‘I loved that child.’

Ms Rees said: ‘Why didn’t you let him in the garden for some fresh air?’

Williamson said: ‘I don’t want to answer that.’

Ms Rees said: ‘Why?’

Williamson said: ‘Because Jay didn’t want that.’

Williamson, left, pictured with Cole, right, failed to tell police until her fifth interview that her boyfriend had punched Logan in the stomach on the day before he died

Williamson, left, pictured with Cole, right, failed to tell police until her fifth interview that her boyfriend had punched Logan in the stomach on the day before he died 

Williamson, sketched on Wednesday, said she doesn't'feel like a mother anymore'

Williamson, sketched on Wednesday, said she doesn’t ‘feel like a mother anymore’ 

Ms Rees said: ‘After everything we have seen and heard during the course of this trial your reaction to the question is still not to answer to protect John Cole?

She replied: ‘I didn’t want to answer it because it’s admitting I’m a s*** mother.’

Ms Rees said: ‘And is that how you feel?’

Williamson replied: ‘I don’t feel like a mother anymore.’

Ms Rees said that Logan was a ‘sad and vulnerable little boy’ who was ‘last’ in the family pecking order.

She said: ‘He was being excluded from even in his own home.’

Williamson told the court that her son had been ‘scared s*******’ of Cole after he had threatened to kill the youngster. 

In a police interview, Williamson told officers Cole had warned: ‘If you split me and your mum up I’m going to f****** kill you’.

Ms Rees said: ‘Did he say that?’ Williamson said: ‘I can’t remember. If I said he did there he probably did.’

She added: ‘I’m meant to have remembered everything I ate, everything I wore, and every time I sneezed through that week.’

Ms Rees said: ‘I’m not asking you about what you wore, ate or sneezed though am I? I’m asking you about threats to kill your son.

Williamson replied: ‘I don’t remember him threatening Logan on the Friday. If I said he did in my interview he probably did.’

When asked about how Logan must have been feeling, the mum said: ‘The poor child must have been scared s*******.’

Williamson denied she was awake through the night of Logan’s death and took part in his murder.

Williamson (pictured in a court sketch from the previous day's hearing) denied she was awake through the night of Logan's death and took part in his murder

Williamson (pictured in a court sketch from the previous day’s hearing) denied she was awake through the night of Logan’s death and took part in his murder

Asked who was turning lights on and off in the house while Cole and the youth were allegedly dumping Logan’s body, Williamson said: ‘I don’t know I wasn’t there I was asleep.’ 

Earlier, the court heard Williamson failed to tell officers of an attack on Logan by her partner John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old boy two days before his death, until her fifth police interview.

Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said that after being arrested Williamson said in a police car that she wanted ‘justice for Logan’.

Ms Rees asked Williamson: ‘If this was really about justice for Logan then why did you for your first four interviews not tell the truth?’

Williamson replied: ‘I was scared.’

Tragic Logan Mwangi’s mother, accused of his murder, says she was branded a ‘n****’ by fellow inmates who threatened to kill her following her arrest

Angharad Williamson, accused of murdering her five-year-old son Logan Mwangi, described to Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday being taken to HMP Eastwood Park, a women’s prison in Gloucestershire, after being charged with perverting the course of justice. 

She said: ‘I turned up, I got bombarded with abuse from the other girls. 

‘Child murderer, kill yourself before we kill you, wrong’un, n****’. I was locked in a cell.

‘I was on [the induction wing] a month because of all the death threats I was getting.. It wasn’t safe, I didn’t come out of my cell for two weeks.’

Williamson was then placed on the medical ward and was on 24-hour watch for a month. 

Peter Rouch QC, defending Williamson, said: ‘Because of what you say was happening to you did prison authorities try to assist?’

Williamson said: ‘They can’t protect you from everything, they isolated me off from everybody. 

‘They changed my name from Angharad to Angie and where I had bright pink hair, they said dye your hair, here are some glasses, change your image, we’ll try to blend you in as much as we can.’ 

Williamson said that remained the situation until she was taken to Bristol police station and charged with murder.

Ms Rees asked her: ‘And you being scared was more important to you than getting justice for Logan?’

Williamson replied: ‘I was selfish.’

Ms Rees said: ‘You were looking after your own interests weren’t you?’

Williamson replied: ‘Yes, I was protecting myself.’

Ms Rees said: ‘What has protecting yourself and being selfish got to do with getting justice for Logan?’

Williamson said: ‘I didn’t think the injuries on the Thursday had anything to do with his death.’

Ms Rees said: ‘You didn’t think the fact he had been punched repeatedly to the tummy had anything to do with that?’

Williamson said: ‘I didn’t think it was that hard.’

Ms Rees said: ‘You explained it was ‘extreme violence’

Ms Rees said the alleged attack by Cole and the 14-year-old on the Thursday amounted to ‘child abuse’.

Williamson said she felt ‘guilty’ and ‘ashamed’ that she had failed to protect Logan.

Williamson insisted she was now telling the truth in the witness box, crying as she said: ‘I’ve got nothing to lose’.

But Ms Rees said: ‘You have more to gain than ever in that you’re trying to avoid being found guilty of murdering your five-year-old child.’

Williamson, Cole, and the boy who cannot be named are accused of murdering Logan and covering up his death.

Medical experts said Logan’s injuries were such that they were compared to a ‘fall from a great height’ or a ‘high velocity road traffic collision’.

Cole and the youth are accused of moving Logan’s body to the river while Williamson allegedly tried to remove incriminating evidence from the house and wash bloodstained bedsheets.

Williamson denies any involvement in her son’s death saying she slept the whole night through and woke to find him missing.

Williamson and the youth deny murder and perverting the course of justice. Cole denies murder but admits perverting the course of justice.

Williamson and Cole also deny causing or allowing the death of a child. 

All the evidence in the case has now closed and closing speeches are due to start next week.

The trial, in front of Mrs Justice Jefford, continues.

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