Trial date set for three people charged after death of boy in south Wales

A trial date has been set for three people charged following the death of a five-year-old boy whose body was discovered in a river in south Wales.

Logan Mwangi was found dead in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park in Bridgend after police were called to a report of a missing child at 5.45am on Saturday.

John Cole, 39, of Sarn, Bridgend, appeared before Newport Crown Court on Friday afternoon charged with Logan’s murder and perverting the course of justice.

Angharad Williamson, 30, of Sarn, and a youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also appeared before the court charged with perverting the course of justice.

Cole and the youth were present in court for the hearing, Williamson appeared by video link.

Judge Michael Fitton told Cole and Williamson: “You are remanded in custody and you will be produced at court for the plea and trial preparation hearing.

“In terms of a trial date, what we are proposing to do is to list the case for trial on 31 January next year.”

He listed the case for a plea and trial preparation hearing, which will take place in front of Mrs Justice Jefford, on 12 November.

The judge remanded Cole and Williamson into custody and the youth into the care of the local authority.

It is alleged that Cole murdered Logan between 28 July and 1 August.

Cole, Williamson and the youth are alleged to have perverted the course of justice on the same dates.

No pleas were entered to the charges during the hearing on Friday.

After news of his death emerged, family friends paid tribute to Logan as a “kind, funny, polite, handsome and clever” boy. Flowers, tributes, toys and teddies have been left in front of the police cordon by the river.

South Wales police announced that Cole, Williamson and the youth had been charged shortly before 1am on Thursday.

The three defendants will next appear before Newport crown court on 12 November.

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