Angharad Williamson, John Cole and teenager murdered five-year-old boy after months of abuse, jury finds

A five-year-old boy was murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old youth after months of abuse and imprisonment in the “dungeon” of his small, dark bedroom, a jury has found.

After Logan Mwangi died of the sort of injuries usually found in people who have been involved in a road accident or a fall from a height, Angharad Williamson, John Cole and the teenage boy tried to escape justice by dumping the boy’s body in a river and calling police to report they feared he had been kidnapped.

Angharad Williamson and John Cole. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Cardiff crown court heard that in the months before Logan was killed he vanished from the sight of authorities, with his family using the pandemic as an excuse for locking him away.

An inquiry has been launched to examine whether there were chances to save Logan after it emerged that the authorities knew about some of the injuries he sustained in the months before he died.

The inquiry will also look at what was known of Cole’s past. It can now be revealed that his violent history includes a previous attack on a child, and he is said to have had an interest in the National Front. The court heard that Cole hated Logan’s similarity in looks to his natural father, who is of Kenyan heritage, suggesting racism may have played a part in his attitude towards Logan.

Another issue is why death threats against Logan allegedly made by the 14-year-old in the weeks before the murder were not acted on by the authorities.

As Williamson was found guilty, she fell to the floor, screaming: “No, no, no.” While she was being led from the court, Williamson struggled with the dock officers and shouted at Cole: “You lying motherfucking murderer.”

Outside court, Logan’s father, Ben Mwangi, said: “Logan was the sweetest and most beautiful boy. The world is a colder and darker place without his warm smile and the happy energy. I loved him so much and I have to live my life knowing that I will never get to see him grow up to be the wonderful man he would have been.”

In her closing speech, Caroline Rees QC said Logan was “dehumanised” by each of the defendants. She said: “He had been kept like a prisoner in his small bedroom, a room described by Angharad Williamson as like a dungeon, with the curtains closed and a barred child’s gate stopping him from moving about.”

When his body was examined, it was bruised, grazed and scratched from head to toe, with more than 50 injury sites – and many more individual injuries – recorded. He suffered damage to his brain, liver and stomach. Rees said his death would have been slow and painful.

The prosecutor said that after killing Logan the three defendants plotted to “clean up the scene and put a trail in place to lead the police up the wrong track”.

She said that before the murder Williamson, 30, and Cole, 40, worked together to cover up Logan’s previous injuries, including an arm injury and a burn to his neck, from social workers and the police.

Two days before his body was found, Cole punched Logan in the stomach and the 14-year-old swept Logan off his feet using a martial arts move. Cole said: “The only way this boy understands is pain.”

The case focuses attention on the disturbing increase in abuse suffered by children during the Covid pandemic. Contacts to the NSPCC’s helpline from adults across the UK with concerns about the wellbeing of a child increased by 23% in 2020-21 from the previous year, to a record high of almost 85,000.

Speaking away from the court, a family who fostered the 14-year-old boy said they would find knives hidden behind pillows and they claimed they had warned social services he had threatened to kill Logan.

The woman who fostered him said he was fascinated with killing and on the day he left had an “evil” grin on his face. The foster mother’s daughter said the youth repeatedly talked about how much he hated Logan and “wanted him dead”, adding: “He didn’t even call him Logan, he called him ‘the five-year-old’.” She claimed social services were told about the threats but the teenager’s social worker denied in court that she had been told.

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg safeguarding board, which is responsible for children at risk in Bridgend, said the child practice review would look at the contacts agencies had with the family.

Sentencing was adjourned.

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Alison Chabloz has previously been locked up for saying ‘Hitler was right’

Alison Chabloz has several convictions for making anti-Semitic comments

A woman has been jailed for changing an Oliver Twist song to include “grossly offensive” lyrics aimed at the Jewish religion. Alison Chabloz, who has previously been jailed for saying ‘Hitler was right’ in her blog posts, had rewritten the words of the well-known song ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’ and posted the video online.

The 58-year-old podcast presenter from St John’s Wood had sung the words “You’ve got to shift a shackle or two”, which was in breach of a previous suspended sentence. Chabloz has a number of previous convictions for sending grossly offensive comments, after making anti-Semitic remarks on a US podcast which she promoted on a far-right social media website called Gab.

She had claimed that the song had been written from the perspective of Tommy Robinson, but this explanation was dismissed by the judge. It was noted that she had a history of displaying “hostility towards a religious group” after she was jailed last April for similar offences.

In 2018, she was handed a suspended sentence which was confirmed on appeal in 2019, after she sang songs calling the Holocaust “a bunch of lies” and referred to Auschwitz as a “theme park”. The former music teacher was convicted of three charges for posting offensive songs about the Holocaust, where she sang: “Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intent to pull the wool over our eyes.”

She had claimed in her podcasts that Jewish parents were “indoctrinating their children that their grandparents were gassed because they were Jews”, which had turned their children into “maniacs”.

She returned for sentencing at Westminster Magistrates Court in April 2021 after she was found guilty of making six grossly offensive comments on the podcasts ‘The Graham Hart Show’ and ‘Realist Radio’. She argued that the Holocaust was used as an “eternal cash cow” and stated that Jews who did not confrom should be deported.

Chabloz, originally from Derbyshire, had also asserted that the gas chambers were not “homicidal” but had been used to save lives from “typhus epidemics”. Speaking in her defence, Adrian Davies said that her comments and past history had rendered her unemployable.

Sentencing her to 22 weeks in prison, District Judge Nina Tempia said: “My view is that you’d spent time and consideration on how to change the words to make it offensive. The offence is aggravated by hostility towards a religious group and I have to take into account your previous convictions for these kinds of offences.”

When asked if Chabloz could remain on bail pending an appeal hearing, the judge responded: “I’ve made my decision. This matter is so serious that only a custodial sentence is warranted.”

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A man who idolised right-wing mass killers and hated Muslims has failed in a bid to have his prison sentence for terrorism offences cut.

Sam Imrie, 24, who admired Christchurch mosque mass murderer Brenton Tarrant, is serving a seven and-a-half year jail term.

He was arrested in July 2019 after posting on social media he was going to attack Fife Islamic Centre, Glenrothes.

Imrie was convicted on two charges of breaching the Terrorism Act.

Following a trial in Edinburgh in October 2021, he was also convicted of wilful fire raising, drink-driving and possessing “extreme” indecent images of children.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Imrie had acquired an arsenal of weapons in his home in Glenrothes, Fife. They included a combat knife, nunchucks, an axe, a black-handled knife, a hammer, a rifle scope and a wooden-handled lock knife.

Police also recovered a “manifesto” entitled the “Great Replacement” by far-right terrorist Tarrant, who murdered 51 people in his March 2019 attacks in New Zealand.

They also recovered a manifesto written by Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in attacks in Norway in 2011.

Nazi ideology

Police also discovered computer equipment containing thousands of images glorifying fa- right terrorism attacks and Nazi ideology.

On Friday, defence solicitor advocate Iain Paterson told appeal judges Lord Matthews and Lord Malcolm their colleague Lord Mulholland had not followed correct sentencing procedures when jailing Imrie.

Mr Paterson said if he had done so, Imrie would have received a lesser sentence.

But the appeal judges concluded that Lord Mulholland, who sentenced him in December last year, had acted correctly.

Lord Matthews said: “We are unable to detect any error in his approach. It cannot be said that the sentence imposed by the judge was excessive.”

‘Childhood trauma’

Mr Paterson said his client had experienced “trauma” in his life and that Lord Mulholland should have taken this into account.

He told the Court of Criminal Appeal: “During his childhood, Mr Imrie experienced a fairly traumatic experience when he was assaulted and lost his teeth and stopped attending school.

“Thereafter, he continued to withdraw from life and became more isolated from his family and his friends. He would stay in his bedroom and spend his days looking at his computer and drinking alcohol.

“His background is one which has arisen from childhood trauma.”

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Luke Hunter, of High Callerton, admitted making indecent images of children but claims he has no sexual interest in youngsters

A Hitler-obsessed neo-Nazi had child abuse images alongside right wing terrorist material.

Luke Hunter was jailed previously for terrorism offences after being found with material including Nazi memorabilia, white supremacist texts and recordings of him expressing his deeply disturbing views.

Now it has been revealed police also found sickening indecent images of children during the search. He admitted possessing them although he claims he has no sexual interest in children and was trying to entice, tease or goad those who do.

Newcastle Crown Court heard a warrant was executed at his home at High Callerton, Newcastle, in October 2019, in respect of the terrorism offences. On the Kik platform on his phone, indecent images had been exchanged in a group chat involving 35 people. His computer tower with two hard drives was also found to contain the child abuse images.

In total, his devices contained 22 of the most serious, category A images, 11 category B and 39 category C. Anne Richardson, prosecuting, said: “One girl had material around her neck as she was being sexually abused in distress.”

Hunter pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children. He was due to be sentenced but the case was adjourned for an assessment to take place of the future risk he poses to children.

Joe Culley, defending, told the court: “He says he was teasing or goading other people in the group. He says he doesn’t have a sexual interest in children.”

Hunter, who has a form of autism spectrum disorder, is currently serving a prison sentence for the terrorism offences. He has a provisional release date of December next year but has a parole hearing in June.

Hunter, 24, had previously admitted seven charges of encouraging terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications and was sentenced in December 2020 to four years and two months prison, with an extended licence of an extra year, at Leeds Crown Court.

We reported at the time how he was arrested as part of an investigation into Right Wing Terrorism, led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East. Searches of Hunter’s home address revealed an obsession with Hitler and neo-Nazism and resulted in the seizure of a large number of white supremacist texts, military training manuals and guides on surveillance, guerrilla warfare, weapons and explosives.

Officers also recovered Nazi memorabilia and a machete from his bedroom. Hunter’s media devices were found to contain thousands of documents, videos and audio files of an extreme right wing nature, in addition to the manifestos of previous mass murderers and recordings of Hunter himself, expressing his deeply disturbing views.

Officers said he was “persistent and prolific” in his efforts to promote right wing terrorism, utilising a variety of platforms and accounts to spread his hateful ideology and encourage others to do the same. He also created content and established his own website through which to disseminate his vile white supremacist, anti-Semitic and homophobic views.

Through this site he avidly promoted violent right wing propaganda, terrorist handbooks and instructional material. Hunter had a significant online reach, particularly among young people, with his Telegram channel alone having more than 1,200 subscribers.

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Two men have been jailed for attacking a man falsely accused of murdering Lorraine Cox.

Louis Mearns and Brandon Burrows targeted Naveed Rahimi because he worked at the kebab shop beneath the room where Ms Cox was killed.

Ms Cox, 32, was walking home in Exeter when she was killed by Azam Mangori, 24, in his flat above a kebab shop in September 2020.

He is serving life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years.

Mangori was a tenant of the flat above the kebab shop and had no link to the business or its staff.

He was found guilty of the murder of Ms Cox in a trial at Exeter in April 2021.

Five men associated with the kebab shop were arrested when the body was found but later released without charge after police realised that Mangori was the killer.

Mearns and Burrows thought staff from the Bodrum Kebab shop were involved in the killing and tracked down chef Mr Rahimi to his home in Exeter.

They ambushed him on his doorstep on 2 October 2020 and accused him of “cutting up that girl” and called him a “Turkish terrorist” as they battered him about the head and body.

They both gave false alibis when arrested by police but were trapped by the locations of their phones, DNA from a drinks can they threw at Mr Rahimi, and testimony from a passer-by.

The two men were friends of Ms Cox and were inflamed by untrue rumours about the killing, Exeter Crown Court heard.

‘Vigilantist and racist views’

Mearns, aged 25, of Clyst St Mary, denied racially aggravated battery but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court in March. Burrows, aged 26, of Farm Hill, Exeter admitted the same offence.

Mearns was jailed 44 weeks and Burrows for 50 weeks by Judge Timothy Rose.

Mr Rose said: “There was no solid reason for you to believe Mr Rahimi was involved in the killing of Lorraine Cox beyond your vigilantist and racist views about the murder.

“You decided in complete ignorance he must have been involved and either found out where he lived or followed him home. It is nonsense to suggest you went there by coincidence.

“You attacked him in a vigilante-style revenge attack, fuelled by racism. You both angrily and obscenely accused him of being involved with the murder.

Mr Rahimi heard both men calling him a Turkish terrorist, although he is British and of Afghan origin.

Burrows hit Mr Rahimi with a knuckleduster and the two men told neighbours: “You are living next to a terrorist.”

Mearns told the victim he would come back for him and stab him.

Mr Rahimi was so frightened he fled his home and moved hundreds of miles away.

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Thomas Leech was jailed after pleading guilty to a number of offences

A neo-Nazi who encouraged far-right terrorism against Jews and Muslims has been sentenced to two years in a young offenders institution.

Thomas Leech, 19, posted a “call to arms” and glorified far-right killers online.

Manchester Crown Court heard that after being arrested by police, he told officers: “I am a Nazi.”

Leech, of Preston, pleaded guilty to encouraging acts of terrorism and stirring up religious or racial hatred.

The court was told Leech believed conspiracy theories that Jewish people were planning the “Great Replacement” of the white race through extinction and the “Islamicisation” of Europe.

Joe Allman, prosecuting, said he first came to police attention when he claimed to be planning a shooting at his school in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, in January 2017.

He told police it was a “prank” and received a caution and some intervention.

Leech was referred to Prevent, the Government’s deradicalisation programme, but he “dropped off the radar” when he moved to Gillingham, Kent, in June 2017.

After moving to Preston in 2020, posts by him on an online platform were found by the Community Security Trust, a charity involved in security for Jewish communities.

Mr Allman said: “The cumulative effect of the posts is a call to arms by Mr Leech, inciting others who shared his world view to commit mass murder.”

‘Deeply disturbing’

Leech posted that the Holocaust was a hoax and Jews controlled the world, as well as posting Third Reich imagery and anti-Muslim content, the court heard.

Police found he had posted about Anders Breivik, who murdered 69 youngsters in Norway, and Brenton Tarrant, who murdered 51 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.

The men along with Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who murdered nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston in the US in 2015, were talked of in terms of martyrs to the white race, the court heard.

The court heard there was no evidence Leech’s posts had inspired anyone to commit an offence.

Rachel White, mitigating, said some offences were committed when Leech was aged only 17 or 18 and that he suffered from autism, agoraphobia and bullying, which kept him out of school.

She said he rarely left his home, spending his life online and was “effectively became a keyboard warrior”.

But Judge Alan Conrad QC branded Leech’s action as “deeply disturbing”.

Leech, of Derby Road, admitted three counts of encouraging acts of terrorism and two counts of stirring up religious or racial hatred, between March and November 2020.

He also admitted possessing indecent images of children.

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A Sunderland demolition worker kicked a homeless woman in the head after she asked him for cash and spat at him when he refused, a court heard.

Peter Scotter, 61, booted her as she sat on her sleeping bag outside B&M’s store at Roker Retail Park, at 8.40pm on Monday, April 12 last year.

The woman also told police he struck her twice more, on the right side near the stomach, and towards her back.

Scooter, of Hendon Close, denied those allegations and entered a guilty plea to assault by beating solely on the basis he kicked her once in the head.

That plea was accepted by magistrates at a special hearing.

Prosecutor Emma O’Hegarty revealed Scotter had a lengthy criminal record of 74 previous convictions from 166 offences.

Greg Flaxen, defending, said: “Mr Scotter had not set out for violence that day. He has been asked for money and has taken umbrage.

“He told the injured party that she should get a job and she spat at him and he has reacted. I don’t condone the spit and I don’t condone the kick.

“He’s a man who has been before the court numerous times on many offences, but there has been a gap.

“I dealt with his last case and thought that would be the last I’d see of him.

“He accepts that alcohol has been an ongoing problem throughout his career of criminality.

“His long-term partner is now at the point of ‘quit the drink or go’.”

Mr Flaxen added that Scotter had been accepted onto an alcohol treatment programme, an opportunity for change he had never before had.

Magistrates told Scotter his offence was aggravated by him being drunk and because of his history of offending.

They sentenced him to a two-year community order, with 25 rehabilitation days and an alcohol treatment requirement.

He must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay his victim £100 compensation, with a £95 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.
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Some of his previous convictions can be found in these links.

Liam Hall, Stacey Salmon, Daniel Wright and Samuel Whibley had denied multiple offences

Four members of a “fascist” cell who made pistol parts on a 3D printer and celebrated right-wing attacks have been convicted of a range of offences.

Daniel Wright, 29, Liam Hall, 31, and Stacey Salmon, 29, all from Keighley, West Yorkshire, and Samuel Whibley, 29, from Menai Bridge, Anglesey, had denied the charges.

During the trial prosecutors said the four “celebrated racist violence and killing” through online messages.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

A two-month trial, which was moved to Doncaster Crown Court due to problems at Sheffield Crown Court, heard the defendants used online messaging app Telegram to exchange terror manuals, share racist ideology and post videos of atrocities.

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said the group described killers such as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway, as “saints”.

She told jurors the group also had an “active interest in the manufacture of explosives and weaponry”.

Daniel Wright, of Whinfield Avenue, Keighley, was found guilty of disseminating a terrorist publication, possessing articles for terrorist purposes, and the collection of information contrary to the Terrorism Act.

He was also found guilty of possessing and manufacturing a firearm.
3D printed gun

Counter terrorism recovered a partially constructed 3D printed gun from Hall and Salmon’s home

Liam Hall, of Hill Top Walk, Keighley, was cleared of possessing articles for terrorist purposes, but found guilty of possessing and manufacturing a firearm.

Hall’s partner Stacey Salmon, of the same address, was also cleared of possessing articles for terrorist purposes, but convicted of possessing a firearm.

Samuel Whibley, of Derwen Deg, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, was found guilty of the encouragement of terrorism and disseminating a terrorist publication.

Det Ch Supt Martin Snowden, head of counter terrorism policing north east, said unknown to the four defendants an undercover officer had infiltrated their online chat.

“None of their security measures were enough to maintain their anonymity, or ultimately prevent their arrest and prosecution,” he said.

He said the group had a “deeply entrenched extreme right-win mindset”.

“The vitriolic hatred expressed by these defendants went far beyond an intolerance of others,” he said.

“While the group had no clear target at the time of their arrest, they pushed relentlessly for violent action in pursuit of their objectives.

The judge, Mr Justice Spencer said he hoped to sentence the four before the end of May, however reports needed to be prepared about Wright and Whibley to help him assess the danger they presented.

“There needs to be a lot of thought given over to the sentences in this case,” he said.

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Two of the defendants were members of an online group where terror manuals and weapons guides were shared among neo-Nazis

Members of a “fascist cell” have been convicted of terror and firearms offences after police discovered they were trying to manufacture 3D-printed guns.

Samuel Whibley, 29, Daniel Wright, 29, Liam Hall, 31, and his girlfriend Stacey Salmon, 29, were convicted of a total of 15 offences on Thursday.

A trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard that in the home Hall and Salmon shared with their children, officers found an improvised explosive device, homemade explosive substances, chemicals and parts of a 3D-printed handgun.

The unfinished “improvised firearm” found in the kitchen was found to have Hall, Salmon and Wright’s DNA on it.

The trio lived in Keighley, while Whibley is from Anglesey in Wales and had not met them in person, the court heard.

He had set up a neo-Nazi channel on the encrypted Telegram app, and linked private chat, which Wright joined.

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said the channel and chat “encouraged readers to take violent action”.

“It wasn’t about academic interest or theorising, this was about finding the ways and means to copy those responsible for the worst extreme right wing atrocities,” she told jurors.

“These four defendants were members of an extreme fascist and terroristic cell during the first four months of 2021. They embraced extreme right-wing propaganda and celebrated racist violence and killing.”

The defendants had denied all charges. Whibley, of Menai Bridge in Wales, was convicted of two counts of encouraging terrorism and two counts of “providing a service” where people could obtain terrorist publications through the Oaken Hearth Telegram channel and a linked chat group.

He was also convicted of four counts of disseminating terrorist publications including bomb-making instructions, “killing techniques” and a manual on making a 3D-printed firearm.

Wright, of Braithwaite in Keighley, was convicted of one count of disseminating a terrorist pulbication and three counts of collecting information useful to a terrorist.

He and Hall, also of Keighley, were jointly convicted of manufacturing a prohibited firearm.

They are also charged, alongside Ms Salmon, of possessing a prohibited 3D-printed firearm. They were additionally convicted of illegally possessing that firearm, alongside Salmon.

She and her partner Hall were acquitted of possessing the unfinished weapon for a terrorist purpose, but Wright was convicted on the same charge.

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Former football coach Hutchison, who was nicknamed the ‘Beast of Bensham’, was locked up in 2015 for sex offences against teenage boys

Paedophile Kane Hutchison has been jailed again for breaching his foreign travel rules after changing his name.

Former football coach Hutchison was nicknamed the ‘Beast of Bensham’ after he was jailed for four years in 2015 for targeting two teenage boys over the internet and inciting them into sexual activity online.

And now the sex predator has been convicted of failing to comply with foreign travel notification requirements imposed following his conviction.

Read more: Kane Hutchison: Gateshead sex offender bragged of false hooligan links in order to groom boys

Now using the name Mason Maxwell, Hutchison was found guilty of the new offences at Manchester Crown Court last week.

The court heard how the requirements had been imposed following his 2015 conviction of two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Mason Maxwell aka Kane Hutchison

The Chronicle reported at the time how Hutchison, who is originally from Gateshead, exploited his young victims’ interest in football to target them.

A former family friend told how he would falsely claim to be associated with the Newcastle Gremlins hooligan firm to either impress or intimidate vulnerable young people.

And the coach would also brag of links with agents and offer youngsters the hope of a soccer career to lure them under his control.

When he was convicted of the 2015 offences he was already behind bars having been jailed for three years for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy after offering to take him to watch a football match.

Greater Manchester Police say Hutchison, who was known to them as Maxwell, was charged with four counts of failing to comply with the notification requirements, which inform officers of any foreign travel, between September and December last year.

He was arrested in Salford in January.

The 32-year-old, now of HMP Forest Bank, was also sentenced for breach of a suspended sentence order which was investigated by West Yorkshire Police.

He was jailed for one year and four months.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “Mason Maxwell, of HMP Forest Bank, was jailed at Manchester Crown Court after being found guilty of failing to comply with notification requirements. Maxwell was sentenced to one year and four months imprisonment.

“On Thursday January 6 Maxwell was arrested at Clowes Street, Salford and subsequently charged with four counts of failing to comply with notification requirements relating to failure to comply with foreign travel notifications.

“The offences relate to incidents on September 3, September 24, November 4 and December 1, where Maxwell failed to register his intended foreign travel seven days ahead of departing the UK.

“Maxwell is required to notify intended foreign travel as part of conditions following his conviction of two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on in March 2015.

“He was also sentenced for breach of a suspended sentence order which was investigated by West Yorkshire Police.”

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