Dad guilty of killing 2 babies then murdering partner after faking suicide note



A manipulative and controlling gambling addict accused of killing his two young children and girlfriend has been found guilty of murder.

Jordan Monaghan, 30, appeared before the jury at Preston Crown Court charged with killing his 24-day-old baby girl, Ruby and his son Logan, 21 months, in 2013.

He was also charged with the murder of his girlfriend Evie Adams, 23, who is not the mother of the children, in 2019.

The Blackburn dad, of Belgrave Close, denied all the allegations, but following a 10-week trial, he now faces life behind bars after the jury returned a guilty verdict today, December 17.

The triple murderer was not in court due to a minor illness as the verdict was read out, but the mother of the child victims wept in the public gallery as her former partner was convicted.

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The jury had deliberated for 26 hours after hearing that Monaghan killed because he could not face rejection from his partners, bringing intentional harm to the children in a bid to force their mother, Laura Gray, 28, to stay with him.

Ruby, who died in Royal Blackburn Hospital, had become ill in the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2013 while in the sole care of her father for the first night.

It was initially thought she had died of natural causes after being diagnosed with acute bronchitis pneumonia, but the prosecution told the court they believe Monaghan had obstructed her airway.

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Eight months later, after Miss Gray discovered that her boyfriend owed thousands of pounds in gambling debts, she told him the relationship was over.

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.

Both children had previously suffered non-fatal collapses and had been seen by medics in the days and months before their deaths.

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But other than usual childhood illnesses, no serious medical condition was found.

The 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”.

However when a review was carried out by Lancashire Police after further information came to light, Monaghan was arrested and bailed on suspicion of murder in January 2018.

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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.

Six years later, while on bail for the murders of his children in October 2019, Miss Adams was found dead from a fatal overdose of prescription medicines, Tramadol and diazepam.

Monaghan denied murdering her with the cocktail of illegally-bought drugs and being the real author of a typed-out suicide note.

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It was alleged that after faking the letter, he also staged its discovery at his late partner’s funeral when it “fell out” of a picture frame holding their favourite photo together, as he went to place it in her coffin.

Prosecuting, Duncan Smith QC, told the court that it was “odd” that this suicide note made no mention of her own child, and noted that her signature on the letter was a “cut and paste”, the Lancashire Telegraph reported.

But defending Monaghan, Ben Myers QC last week urged the jury not to find his client guilty, adding that the prosecution had a “theory” that Monaghan killed during times of tension in his relationships.

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Mr Myers noted that medical experts were not able to ascertain the cause of death of both Logan and Ruby and said there was an obvious cause of death in the case of Ruby pointing to her diagnosis.

In their case against Monaghan, the prosecution accused the dad of intentionally making the children ill in order to prevent his ex fiancé and mother to his children, Laura Gray, from leaving him.

They also suggested that he killed Miss Adams when she threatened to dump him.

In 2013 after the death of baby Ruby and toddler Logan eight months later, Monaghan and Ms Gray made national and local headlines stating they were undergoing tests to see if they had “faulty genes” following the devastating and shocking losses just eight months apart.

On the night of Ruby’s death, the court heard from Ms Gray that her daughter had been “absolutely fine” hours before she was discovered not breathing.

She claimed that she and the defendant had put Logan to bed, and after seeing in the New Year, left Ruby in Monaghan’s care to go to bed herself.

The court heard that he was watching Die Hard with Ruby in her Moses basket on the living room floor when Ms Gray was woken by shouting from Monaghan downstairs.

When she arrived at Ruby’s side, Ms Gray said “she looked grey and her lips were blue”.

Eight months later she experienced a similar devastating discovery when she went to wake her son Logan from his afternoon nap in his buggy, but the tot would not respond.

Before Miss Adams’ death, the couple had shared a house together and Monaghan claimed he was “a mess” when he returned home to find her laid lifeless.

He posted pictures on Facebook of him appearing to propose to Miss Adams and captioned it with the message “rest in peace, you will forever be missed”.

After initially claiming that he did not make calls or text from his phone to buy drugs, Monaghan admitted to the jury that he had lied to police and had bought prescription drugs on the black market but said they were for himself.

Monaghan is expected to return to Preston Crown Court for sentencing later today.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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