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Council leader calls Logan Mwangi murder ‘sad and tragic affair’

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The Leader and Chief Executive of Bridgend Council have issued a statement following the sentencing of Angharad Williamson, John Cole, and 14 year-old Craig Mulligan for the murder of 5 year-old Logan Mwangi whose body was discovered by police officers in a river near his home in Sarn, in July 2021.

The council had come in for some criticism around safeguarding after Cole’s history of violence was revealed at court.

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Council Leader Huw David said: “The death of five-year-old Logan Mwangi has been a deeply sad and tragic affair which has affected all who live within Bridgend County Borough.

“Residents of Sarn and the wider community, the pupils, teachers, staff and governors at Logan’s school and officers of Bridgend County Borough Council who knew him, our partners working in health, the investigating officers of South Wales Police and many more besides have all been united in their sympathies and grief.

“We are also united in our condemnation of the terrible actions of those who ended Logan’s short life in such a cruel and brutal way, and the great lengths they went to in trying to hide the evidence of what they did from the authorities.

“Throughout the trial of his murderers, Logan was consistently described as being a loving, kind and caring little boy, one who was polite and popular among his friends and fellow pupils.

“Listening to the tributes from Logan’s dad and his school, he was clearly a boy who brought joy and laughter to the lives of those he met, and it is hard to find adequate words for expressing just how devastating it is that such an awful murder could have happened in our county borough.

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“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those responsible have not been able to escape the consequences of their crimes.

“We would like to thank South Wales Police for leading the investigation into Logan’s death, and for ensuring that his killers have been brought to justice.

“The death of a young child is always distressing, but especially when it occurs under such terrible circumstances.

“Sarn and the wider county borough remains a close, tight-knit community, one where residents and neighbours look out for one another, and maintaining such close community ties during tragic events such as this remain vitally important, now more than ever.”

Chief Executive Mark Shephard added: “Now that the trial has concluded, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Safeguarding Board is leading on the commissioning of a child practice review to enable relevant agencies to fully assess and consider their roles, and to determine whether any improvements can be made to further strengthen the overall standard of local services.

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“As Bridgend County Borough Council is fully participating in this process, we cannot offer further comment or pre-empt whatever the findings of this comprehensive and impartial review may be.

“We are awaiting the review’s findings, and together with our partners we will implement any recommendations that it may contain to ensure that we can provide the best, most effective services possible for the local community.

“Our thoughts remain with Logan, and all who knew or cared for him. His tragic death has affected us all, and a wide range of support services are available to access at this difficult time.

“Residents are being reminded that they can report concerns that someone may be experiencing any type of harm by calling 01656 642477 for adults, and 01656 642320 for children between 8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays.

“To contact social care services outside these hours, at weekends or over bank holidays, call the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Emergency Duty Team on 01443 743665.

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“Anyone who suspects that someone is at immediate risk of harm should call 999 and speak to the police.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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