The trial against the family of a young Wales boy continued Monday morning with a pathologist taking the stand.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Angharad Williamson, 30, and her boyfriend, John Cole, 40, are accused of killing Williamson’s son, Logan Mwangi. An unnamed 14-year-old boy who lived in the family home is also accused of participating in the boy’s murder. The teen was 13 when the alleged incident happened.
All three defendants are currently on trial at the Cardiff court in Wales, for murder and perverting the course of justice. All three have pleaded not guilty. Cole, however, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
During court Monday, the prosecution laid out the gruesome injuries a medical examiner found the boy’s body. In addition to numerous cuts and external wounds, Logan’s liver was torn and his small bowel was torn from his intestines.
According to forensic pathologist Dr. John Williams, Logan had 56 external injuries across his body. Williams testified for the prosecution that Logan likely didn’t die immediately following the abuse, and could have stayed alive for hours.
“The features would dictate that death has not occurred immediately and that the injuries have not been sustained following death.” Dr. Williams said, adding that the internal injuries indicated that the child had been kicked or beat violently.
Williams also testified that the victim had “extensive deep scalp bruising over the back of the head” which was “consistent with blunt force injuries.” Logan’s cause of death was listed as homicide through blunt force trauma.
On the day she reported her son missing, Williamson claimed she woke up to find Logan gone from the home July 2021, and added, “my back gate is open.”
“He can’t be on his own, there’s no parent with him; he must be scared,” Williamson told a 999 dispatcher while reporting the boy missing.
Investigators said the 999 call was a ruse to throw off the truth that Williamson, the 14-year-old, and Cole murdered Logan while he was quarantined with the Covid-19 virus and unable to go outside or see anyone.
Police found Logan shortly after the 999 call. He was wearing mismatched pajamas and lying deceased in a river, BBC reports. Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC said the child had “significant injuries to his internal organs and his brain which caused his death.”
“The prosecution’s case is that Logan was murdered and each of these three defendants played their part in the killing of that five-year-old child,” Rees said.
The victim was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, where a pathologist said he had injuries “so extreme you would expect to find them as a result of a fall from a great height or a high-velocity road traffic accident.”
Although he was found in a river, medical experts testified that there is no evidence that the boy drowned.
The trial continues. Check back for updates.
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