A stepfather accused of murdering a five-year-old has denied punching him and as a substitute accused the boy’s mom of shaking him.
Logan Mwangi was found within the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, Bridgend, on 31 July 2021, near the flat w. he lived along with his household.
He had suffered catastrophic accidents much like these present in victims of high-speed crashes or a fall from a peak.
John Cole, 40, Angharad Williamson, 30, and a 14-year-old boy who can’t be named due to his age have all denied homicide.
Peter Rouch QC, defending Williamson, requested Cole about feedback made by a neighbour who overheard a row two days earlier than the boy’s physique was discovered.
Mr Rouch stated: “You’ve gotten a loud and aggressive voice? Did you communicate to Logan in a loud and aggressive method?”
Cole, who’s 6ft 4in tall and weighs between 14 and 15 stone, replied: “I shouted at Logan, sure. We each used to shout at Logan. I wasn’t aggressive to Logan.”
Mr Rouch requested: “Whenever you had him within the hallway, did you say, ‘Why are you flinching, you are all the time flinching?’
“Did you say, phrases to the impact, ‘You’ve got to cease him flinching once I’m round him in any other case social providers can be involved?'”
Cole replied: “No.”
Mr Rouch requested: “You had been t. within the hallway towering over him and also you stated, ‘The one factor he understands is ache’. You hit him twice within the abdomen and he fell again on to his bottom.”
Cole replied: “No, I didn’t hit Logan within the abdomen.”
Mr Rouch advised: “You stated to the youth, ‘If he flinches once more, take him down’.
“I’m going to counsel Logan began to try to communicate, he stammered, and the youth did what you advised him to do and took him down.”
Cole replied: “He didn’t contact Logan, I didn’t contact Logan. Neither of us hit him.”
The defendant claimed he and Williamson rowed after she had shaken Logan and he or she had taken him again to his bed room.
Mr Rouch stated: “Did she say, ‘I am sick of those rows and I will go away you’ and also you stated, ‘When you do, I am going to kill him’, that means Logan?”
Mr Rouch stated Williamson’s case was that she went to mattress on the evening of Logan’s dying and didn’t get up till 5.30am.
“I did not punch Logan. I by no means stated Angharad punched him, I’ve by no means stated that,” Cole stated.
“I did not kill Logan. Angharad was awake, Angharad woke me up.”
He advised the jury he went to mattress at round midnight and had left Logan alive with Williamson.
“She stated she heard Logan take his final breath,” he stated.
Williamson and the youth deny homicide and perverting the course of justice.
Cole denies homicide, however admits perverting the course of justice.
Cole and Williamson are additionally charged with inflicting or permitting the dying of a kid.
The trial continues.