Logan Mwangi Craig Mulligan family court judgements

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No stone should be left unturned in the investigation into what happened in the Logan Mwangi case, activists said

An activist wants the private family court’s rulings on teenage killer Craig Mulligan – who was allowed to live with the five-year-old boy he later murdered – to be made public.

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Mulligan, then 13, had been taken away from his mother by social workers after she assaulted him and placed in the care of Bridgend County Borough Council for six months.

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He was returned to the care of his stepfather, John Cole, five days before Logan Mwangi – the son of Cole’s new partner Angharad Williamson – was killed by the trio.

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Meanwhile, Logan and his younger sibling were on the child protection register, but weeks before his death the family was removed from it – meaning it was assumed there was no longer any risk of significant harm.

Cole, Mulligan’s mother’s ex-partner, and Williamson filed a petition in family court for custody of the teenager.

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They won and on 26 July 2021 he moved in with them at their home in Sarn, Bridgend, South Wales.

Cole, 40, and Williamson, 31, have been jailed for life, while Mulligan was jailed for at least 15 years by a judge at Cardiff Crown Court last week.

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Logan Mwangi (left) who was killed by Craig Mullan (right) and his stepparents

What are activists demanding?

A social services inquiry into the circumstances of Logan’s death is currently underway, while the Welsh Government has rejected calls for a nationwide independent inquiry into children’s services in Wales.

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A national review has begun in England into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, six, and Star Hobson, one year old, and a similar inquiry has been called for in Wales.

Former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who is campaigning for improvements in family justice, said court documents relating to the decision-making process on Mulligan’s return to Cole should be made public.

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“The public has a right to know what information the family court judges had about this case and what decisions were made,” he said.

“They should be able to see the audit trail so they can understand what information family court judges had and why decisions were made.

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He continued: “No stone should be left unturned in the investigation of what happened in this case – and one of those stones lies in the private family court proceedings.

“Judgments and orders made at private family court hearings relating to the children at the center of this case should be made public.

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“The most important thing is that lessons are learned, and lessons cannot be learned if information is not available so that they can be properly discussed.

“It may be that some family court information needs to be redacted to protect some children – but I’m sure it can be done without too much difficulty.

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“Transparency is in the interest of all parties, including lawyers, judges and experts involved in family court proceedings.”

Logan Mwangi was found in a river 250 meters from his home (Picture: PA)

Have concerns been raised about mulligan?

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When Mulligan was taken from his mother, he was already a “complex, troubled and violent boy,” prosecutor Caroline Rees QC told his trial.

He was placed with foster families, one of whom described how he made their lives “hell” during the several weeks he lived with them – and how they became “scared” of him.

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They said he repeatedly threatened to kill them and injured their daughter, the foster mother and their dog.

Further concerns were raised when he asked two young girls if they wanted to play a “game of murder” and said they had to go in garbage bags.

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Though he spoke affectionately of his stepfather, stepmother and youngest sibling, the family said they noticed he would only refer to Logan as “the five-year-old” — and spoke of wanting to “kill the five-year-old.”

They said he had a “desire for violence” and in court submissions called him a “monster.”

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The family said they brought their concerns to Mulligan’s social worker Debbie Williams, although Ms Williams denied it.

An anonymity order was imposed on Mulligan at the trial, preventing the reporting of details that could identify him, but this was overturned after he was sentenced to life in prison.

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