Timeline of Jordan Monaghan’s murders
Monaghan’s daughter Ruby dies at their home in Blackburn, Lancashire aged just three weeks.
Monaghan’s son Logan dies, aged 21 months. Monaghan is questioned by police for eight hours but released.
An inquest is held into the death of the two children. Ruby’s death is attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained ‘unascertained’. Monaghan undergoes genetic tests to determine whether the children were killed by a hereditary condition.
After new information comes to light, Monaghan is arrested and quizzed by police.
While on bail for double murder of the two children, Monaghan’s new partner, Evie Adams dies of a drug overdose.
Monaghan is found guilty of three counts of murder following a 10 week trial at Preston Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced at 3pm today.
Triple killer Jordan Monaghan 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.
The 30-year-old, a manipulative and controlling gambling addict, obstructed the airways of his helpless children in separate murders in January and August, 2013.
After further information came to light, police reviewed the deaths of Ruby, aged 24 days, and Logan, aged 21 months, and in 2018, Monaghan was arrested.
He was on police bail for the child murders when he murdered his new girlfriend with a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs in October 2019.
Monaghan killed because he could not face rejection by his partners, Preston Crown Court heard during his 10-week trial.
The defendant, who has been suffering a minor illness, was not in court as the guilty verdicts were delivered by the foreman of the jury following 26 hours of deliberation across six days.
Laura Gray, the 28-year-old mother of the children, could be heard weeping in the public gallery as the verdicts were given.
Monaghan was convicted of the three murders and two counts of attempted murder to a third child who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The trial judge, Mr Justice Goose, ordered the defendant to be brought from prison to the court for sentencing at 3pm.
A construction worker, Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, smothered Ruby on New Year’s Day, 2013, as she slept in her Moses basket. Monaghan was alone with the child as her mother slept upstairs at the family home.
Eight months later, after Miss Gray discovered that her boyfriend owed thousands of pounds in gambling debts, she told him the relationship was over.
Pictured: Jordan Monaghan and his former partner Laura Grey leaving Blackburn Coroners in 2014 after the inquest into their son Logan’s death. Monghan later killed girlfriend Evie Adams
Jordan Monaghan was today found guilty of smothering three-week-old daughter, Ruby (pictured left), on New Year’s Day 2013, and 21-month-old son, Logan (pictured right), eight months later
Monaghan, of Blackburn, was also found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Evie Adams (pictured) in 2019 by giving her an overdose of tramadol and diazepam, which he bought on the black market
The next day he took their son, Logan, aged 21 months, to a local swimming pool, Waves in Blackburn.
While alone in a cubicle in the changing rooms he smothered the child, the jury heard.
Ruby’s and Logan’s deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl’s death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained ‘unascertained’.
Both had been seen by medics in the days and months before their deaths, but other than usual childhood illnesses no serious medical condition was found.
But a review was carried out by Lancashire Police after further information came to light and Monaghan was arrested and bailed on suspicion of murder in January 2018.
As the highly complex police investigation continued, Monaghan began a ‘toxic’ relationship with mother-of-one Evie Adams, 23, who had suffered ‘chronic abuse’ before becoming a foster child aged 12.
Police warned her not to be with him and a court order was made banning contact.
But the relationship continued and, while on bail for the murder of his children, Monaghan killed Miss Adams after she threatened to dump him.
Monaghan told her: ‘I won’t keep putting up with you saying we are over.’
Jordan Monaghan posted this picture of him proposing to girlfriend Evie Adams, who he has today been found guilty of murdering
Following Logan’s death on August 17, Monaghan (pictured here with ex-partner Laura Gray in 2013) were quizzed for eight hours by police before being released
Monaghan, who appeared at Preston Crown Court (pictured) was found guilty of a further two counts of attempted murder of a third child, who cannot be named for legal reasons
The defendant illegally bought strong prescription drugs on the black market via WhatsApp and other contacts.
Miss Adams was found to have tramadol, diazepam, amitriptyline, zopiclone and pregabalin medication in her body after her collapse and death on October 24, 2019.
She died from tramadol and diazepam toxicity.
He then faked a suicide note from Miss Adams, discovered apparently by chance falling out of a picture frame as he removed the couple’s favourite photo of themselves to place in her coffin.
Monaghan was re-arrested in January this year and charged with all three murders.
He claimed to have 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 Miss Adams.
Following the conviction of Jordan Monaghan, Martin Hill, deputy head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) North West’s Complex Case Unit, said: ‘Jordan Monaghan’s cruelty is beyond belief and the ruthlessness of these murders is harrowing.
‘It is difficult to comprehend the depravity that went into planning and committing these murders.
‘Three innocent people needlessly lost their lives due to Monaghan’s utter selfishness.
‘Together, the CPS and Lancashire police were able to build a strong case against him by ensuring all possible medical explanations for the deaths of the children could be discounted.
‘I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering that Monaghan’s actions have caused to the families of the victims. They have conducted themselves with the upmost dignity and been incredibly brave and patient throughout.
‘Nothing can make up for the loss of their loved ones, but we can only hope, following today’s conviction, they feel justice has been done. Our thoughts remain with the families.’