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Man found guilty of murdering his two young children and partner ‘because he could not face rejection’

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A man has been found guilty of murdering his partner and two young children, one of whom was not even a month old.

Jordan Monaghan, 30, obstructed the airways of Ruby, aged 24 days, and Logan, 21 months, in January and August 2013.

The gambling addict later killed his new girlfriend, Evie Adams, 23, with a drug overdose in October 2019.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Police of Logan Monaghan. Triple killer Jordan Monaghan is facing life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl, Ruby Monaghan, and toddler son, Logan Monaghan, by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner, Evie Adams, with a drug overdose. Issue date: Friday December 17, 2021.
Image: Logan Monaghan was smothered in the changing rooms at a swimming pool

Laura Gray, the children’s mother, was heard weeping in the public gallery as the verdicts were given following a 10-week trial at Preston Crown Court.

Ruby was smothered as she slept in her Moses basket on New Year’s Day 2013.

Eight months later, after Ms Gray discovered Monaghan owed thousands of pounds in gambling debts, she told him the relationship was over.

The next day he took their son, Logan, to a local swimming pool, Waves in Blackburn.

He smothered the boy in a cubicle in the changing rooms, the jury heard.

Ruby’s death was initially attributed to bronchiolitis, while Logan’s was described as “unascertained”.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Police of Ruby Monaghan. Triple killer Jordan Monaghan is facing life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl, Ruby Monaghan, and toddler son, Logan Monaghan, by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner, Evie Adams, with a drug overdose. Issue date: Friday December 17, 2021.
Image: Ruby Monaghan was not even a month old when she was killed

Doctors had seen both children in the days and months before their deaths, but only usual childhood illnesses were found.

Monaghan, a construction worker, was arrested in 2018 after new information came to light about the deaths of the children.

Ms Adams, a mother-of-one who suffered “chronic abuse” before becoming a foster child aged 12, was warned by police not to be with Monaghan.

But the relationship continued until she threatened to dump Monaghan, who told her: “I won’t keep putting up with you saying we are over.”

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Police of Evie Adams. Triple killer Jordan Monaghan is facing life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl, Ruby Monaghan, and toddler son, Logan Monaghan, by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner, Evie Adams, with a drug overdose. Issue date: Friday December 17, 2021.
Image: Evie Adams was killed after threatening to dump Monaghan

When he murdered Ms Adams with a cocktail of prescription drugs, he was on police bail for the youngsters’ murder.

Miss Adams was found to have tramadol, diazepam, amitriptyline, zopiclone and pregabalin in her body, and died from tramadol and diazepam toxicity.

Monaghan then faked a suicide note from her.

He was re-arrested in January this year and charged with all three murders, and killed because he could not face rejection, the court heard during his 10-week trial.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Police of triple killer Jordan Monaghan who is facing life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl and toddler son by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner with a drug overdose. Issue date: Friday December 17, 2021.
Image: Monaghan killed because he could not face rejection, the court heard

He claimed to have had nothing to do with the death of his children, but a dozen experts told the court that while the exact cause of the deaths was difficult to pin down, imposed airway obstruction was either “likely” or could not be ruled out.

Monaghan also claimed the illegal prescription drugs were for himself and denied ever giving any to Ms Adams.

He was convicted of the three murders and two counts of attempted murder to a third child who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

He was not in court to hear the verdicts after suffering from a minor illness and was due to be sentenced on Friday afternoon.

 Sky News

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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