The death of a 5-year-old boy whose body was discovered in a river could have been “violent.”
An inquest heard today that the death of a five-year-old kid whose body was discovered in a river could have been “violent or unnatural.”
On Saturday, July 31, Logan Mwangi was discovered dead in the Ogmore River near Bridgend, South Wales. His stepfather, John Cole, 39, has been charged with murder, as well as perverting the course of justice, along with Logan’s mother, Angharad Williamson, 30.
Logan had suffered a ripped liver, an internal head injury, and a shattered clavicle, according to a court hearing at the time. The boy was regarded as a “nice, handsome, polite, and bright” young man.
His inquest, which began today in Pontypridd Coroners’ Court in south Wales, heard that the death was “violent or unnatural.”
“I am satisfied it is essential to commence an inquest because there is reason to believe his death was violent or unnatural,” Rachel Knight, assistant coroner for south Wales, said.
“In this matter, I have received documentation from the CPS stating that people have appeared in criminal courts and that a trial date has been set.”
Logan was recognized by Logan’s bereaved grandmother Claire Williamson, according to Wales Online.
On August 2, a post-mortem examination was performed, however the provisional cause of death was not determined until further inquiry.
Ms Knight delayed the inquest until the criminal prosecution was finished. She offered Logan’s family her condolences.
Cole and Williamson, both from Bridgend, South Wales, appeared in court on August 14 at Newport Crown Court.
A third defendant, a minor who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared as well, having been accused with perverting the course of justice.
The two adult defendants were remanded in detention, while the adolescent defendant was placed in the custody of the local government.
Their trial is set to begin on January 31, 2022, and will last four weeks.