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Red balloons released in memory of boy found dead in river

Written by on 07/08/2021

More than 100 people have released red balloons into the sky in memory of Logan Mwangi, the five-year-old who was found dead in a river in South Wales.

Logan was pulled out of the Ogmore River near Pandy Park in Bridgend in the early hours of Saturday 31 July.

The cause of his death was found to be a torn liver, Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday, and he had also suffered an internal injury to the back of his head and had a broken collarbone.

The five-year-old boy who died was named Logan Mwangi
Image: Logan, five, was pulled from the Ogmore River

One week on from his death, members of the community, including children in fancy dress, have marked his life, leaving flowers, cards and soft toys at a riverside bridge nearby. The children also blew bubbles as balloons were released.

One note left among the tributes read: “Thinking of all family and friends at this tragic time. Sleep peacefully beautiful boy.”

John Cole, 39, of Sarn, Bridgend, is charged with Logan’s murder and perverting the course of justice.

Angharad Williamson, 30, of Sarn, and a 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to his age, are charged with perverting the course of justice.

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A provisional date of 31 January 2022 has been set for their trial.

Cole and Williamson remain in custody and will appear at court again for a plea hearing on 12 November.

Locals releasing balloons near Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend, close to where the body of Logan Mwangi was discovered last weekend, in memory of the five-year-old boy who was found dead in a river. Picture date: Saturday August 7, 2021.
Image: Children left cards and toys by the river where the little boy was found

The youth remains in the care of the local authority.

After the three were charged, Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea of South Wales Police said: “This is a very harrowing case for all involved and I extend my deepest sympathies to Logan’s family and friends.

“This remains an extensive and sensitive investigation by the major crime investigation team and I am grateful to the local community for its support and understanding while we have continued to gather evidence across several scenes.

“Legal proceedings are now under way and I want to remind everyone to avoid speculation which may prejudice this investigation.”

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