The schoolboy was beaten to dying and then callously tossed in a river even though Williamson, 30, performed the element of a distraught mum seeking for her missing little one.
Williamson, her companion John Cole, and Cole’s teenage stepson Craig Mulligan had been all convicted of murder at demo in Cardiff Crown Court docket. Nonetheless, Williamson subsequently introduced a authorized bid to attractiveness towards her conviction.
Her preliminary software for authorization to attractiveness the situation – recognised as leave to appeal – was turned down, and the make a difference was taken to the Courtroom of Attraction, Wales On-line reviews.
The Court of Attractiveness sitting down in Swansea Crown Court on Wednesday listened to the renewed software and authorization was refused again.
Logan endured catastrophic injuries at the spouse and children home in Bridgend, south Wales, in July 2021. In courtroom his injuries were being in comparison to these commonly located in men and women involved in superior-speed vehicle crashes or in falls from great top.
The trial heard the accidents and the suffering of the boy or girl “would have been clear to those who inflicted the injuries”. Only a few persons have been in the flat when Logan was killed – Williamson, Cole, aged 41 and 13-year-aged Mulligan – but each and every denied assaulting the boy, insisting they realized almost nothing about what experienced occurred.
Just after he was beaten to death, the body of Logan was carried the small length to the Ogmore River and dumped into the water. The trio then cynically pretended the very little boy experienced absent missing. You can read the total prosecution circumstance all over again Williamson, Cole and Mulligan listed here. The defendants were being also sentenced for trying to pervert the training course of justice in relation to their attempted include-up of the murder. The defendants ended up each and every sentenced to life imprisonment – detention in the circumstance of Mulligan – with Williamson supplied a bare minimum expression of 28 yrs, Cole 29 many years, and Mulligan 15 a long time.
The Court docket of Enchantment heard that Williamson was seeking depart to charm towards her conviction on the grounds that evidence relating to her husband or wife Cole experienced not been allowed to be set before the jury by demo decide Mrs Justice Jefford.
Peter Rouch KC, for Williamson, submitted that lousy character evidence about co-defendant Cole in regard to his alleged “deep-seated” racist beliefs ought to have long gone before the jury – the barrister mentioned Logan was of blended heritage and proof about Cole’s beliefs would have assisted jurors when they came to contemplate motivation for the fatal assault. The barrister also contended that evidence about Cole’s alleged preceding domestic violence should have gone prior to the jury, as should really information of his prior convictions which would allegedly have revealed a “propensity” to violence.
The court listened to that details of his previous convictions were in reality place before the jury but only in the type of agreed info right after Williamson had stated, in her evidence, that Cole experienced boasted about his violent past and that she was afraid of him. In reality Cole’s antecedent report showed he experienced not been offered an Imprisonment for General public Security (IPP) sentence as a unsafe offender as Williamson contended he had explained to her.
The software for depart to attractiveness the conviction was refused by the Court docket of Attraction. The Lord Main Justice of England of Wales, Lord Maldon – who was siting with Mrs Justice Stacey and Mr Justice Wall – reported the court was “unpersuaded that the grounds set forward by the appellant were being controversial”.
He explained the primary demo decide experienced been fully entitled to conclude that the proof Williamson’s lawful workforce sought to introduce did not have substantial “probative value”, and her ruling on not making it possible for the proof to be place right before the jury experienced been “in fact, impeccable”.
Lord Maldon said: “This renewed application for go away to enchantment versus conviction need to be dismissed.”