May 27, 2022

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Tale of racism: Boy with Kenyan roots killed by mother, stepfather in UK

A Kenyan boy whose body was found on a river in Bridgend, UK, two years ago was murdered by his mother and stepfather, a British court has ruled.

The court has found that the body of baby Logan Mwangi, whose Kenyan father Benjamin Mwangi works as a bookmaker in the UK, had horrific injuries when it was recovered from the Ogmore River in Bridgend, England, in late July 2020.

The body had 56 external cuts and bruises, as well as internal injuries, which prosecutors likened to the case of someone who sustained a high-speed traffic accident.

The minor was reportedly brutal for months by those who were abused and tortured to take care of him.

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“Als his body was examined, it was bruised, scraped and scratched from head to toe. He suffered damage to his brain, liver and stomach. His death would have been slow and painful,” reported The Guardian.

Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson, her current husband John Cole – a man described as a male by the British media who harbors a deep ache of hatred for the boy because of his African roots – and a 14-year-old boy who lived with them have all been convicted of the boy’s murder.

“Cole hated Logan’s resemblance in appearance to his biological father, who is of Kenyan descent. Racism may have played a role in his attitude towards Logan,” the court in Wessex, England, heard.

Logan’s father Mwangi met Ms Williamson through mutual friends in 2010 while she was working as a warehouse manager in New York Essex, South East England. They began dating in 2014 and had Logan on March 15, 2016.

“I was there when Logan was born and it was the happiest time of my life. I stayed with Claire (Ms. Williamson’s mother) for a couple of weeks but I got into arguments with Claire quite a bit and figured it wasn’t good for anyone, especially Logan, so I moved back to Brentwood,” Mr Mwangi told the court. p>

“During this time I was in regular contact with Angharad who called me and sent me pictures of Logan. He was the cutest little boy… We used to visit back and forth,” recalled Mr Mwangi.

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Things took a turn for the worst after Ms Williamson met Cole,” he added.

Mr Cole, 40, of the three women who previously had relationships with him described in court as an “Overly controlling, domineering, violent and restless person, had a criminal record of burglary, assault, resisting arrest, possession of bhang and obstruction of justice.” He had long held racial beliefs that were possible were relevant to his motives in attacking Logan, and he even prevented him from seeing his real father and grandmother,” the court heard.

Shortly after she began a relationship with Cole, cried Ms Williamson contacted Mr Mwangi and informed him that she couldn’t continue speaking to him as her new partner “didn’t think it was normal” that they were still speaking.

Mr Mwangi only spoke to Logan via video call at weekends from then on, when the boy died in 2019 lived with his grandmother Claire. It was the last time Mr Mwangi saw Logan alive.

The court heard that Logan’s suffering began Sometime in 2019, his mother and stepfather decided to lock him in a dark bedroom, not allowing him food and forcing him to eat only cereal and water for dinner.

British media have criticized the British government for failing to rescue Logan, despite the fact that the five-year-old was found dead by his family was brutally abused. The boy was heard to have come to school on several occasions with unexplained injuries.

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This caused Logan to stutter, frequently wet himself and physically harm himself, which his teachers reported to social workers, but to no avail.

Medical officials expressed concern a year before his about Logan’s broken arm murder and they too alerted the authorities. The British government assigned Logan’s case to a social worker, but he was withdrawn a month before the boy’s death as the government no longer believed he was at significant risk to his life.

Furthermore, the 14- year-old boy who was found to be involved in Logan’s murder was found on many occasions by his foster family with knives hidden under his pillow.

“The teenager spoke repeatedly about how much he Logan hated and wanted him dead. He didn’t even call him Logan, he called him “the five year old”. Social services have been notified of the threats,” the court heard.

In fact, the 14-year-old suspect admitted in court that a few months before Logan’s death he had thrown him down a flight of stairs, breaking his arm .

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He then added that after the fall, tried Logan’s mother decided to physically reconfigure the broken arm by squeezing it until she heard a crack rather than rushing the injured boy to the hospital.

When asked by the court about the incident, Ms Williamson said : “We all thought he fell down the stairs, but it turns out the teenager pushed him down the stairs.”

Two days before Logan’s body was found, the court learned that his Mother and Cole were visited by social workers and the police after the school reported the boy’s injuries and mental state Before the visit, the two had worked hard to cover up the boy’s injuries to convince the police that everything was fine, but immediately after they left, Cole punched Logan in the stomach while the 14-year-old suspect swept the boy off his feet with a martial arts move.

“Cole later said the only way this boy understands is through pain,” the court heard.

Two days after the police visit, Logan’s body was found floating on the Ogmore River, a stone’s throw from her home.

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