Dad Jordan Monaghan sentenced to life in jail for murdering babies and girlfriend

Triple murderer, Jordan Monaghan, has been sentenced to life in jail with a minimum of 40 years for murdering 24-days-old Ruby and 21-months-old Logan in 2013 and killing his new girlfriend with a fatal cocktail of prescription drugs in 2019

Jordan Monaghan
Jordan Monaghan has been told he must serve at least 40 years before being considered for parole

A manipulative and controlling dad has been jailed for life for smothering his own children to death for attention, before faking his girlfriend’s suicide six years later.

Triple killer Jordan Monaghan was convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl and toddler son by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner with a drug overdose.

He was today given three mandatory life sentences and ordered to serve a minimum of 40 years before parole.

The 30-year-old, a ‘cruel and selfish’ gambling addict, had lapped up sympathy and media attention after their sudden deaths – but he had secretly obstructed the airways of both 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 Monaghan was arrested in 2018.

Baby Ruby died when she was just 24 days old


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He was on police bail for the child murders when he murdered his new girlfriend with a fatal cocktail of prescription drugs in October 2019.

Monaghan killed when his partners attempted to leave him, 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.

Evie Adams



Jordan Monaghan


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His ex-fiance, Laura Gray, the 28-year-old mother of the children, wept 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.

Sentencing Monaghan, Mr Justice Goose, said: “It is difficult to imagine why you carried out these offences but having listened to the evidence in this trial I am sure you are an extremely controlling, selfish and cruel man.

“A striking feature in these offences is that you carried them out covertly and secretively in the home you lived in with the mother of those children and with Evie Adams.

During the 10-week trial the court heard that Monaghan killed because he couldn’t bear rejection from his partners.

In the weeks before Miss Adams’ death, messages heard in court revealed that Monaghan had warned her he wouldn’t “put up” with her dumping him.

She was found dead in the home they shared with other members of her family, with an intoxicating mix of diazepam and tramadol in her system.

Further messages showed Monaghan had purchased the prescription drugs illegally from the black market, but had initially lied to officers about this and denied any involvement with his girlfriend’s death.

While placing a photograph in her coffin at the funeral, Monaghan claimed he discovered a suicide note from Miss Adams which fell out of the picture frame.

Prosecutors told the court that this type written note had in reality been created by Monaghan to cover his tracks of yet another murder.

Speaking in court as he watched as his daughter’s killer was jailed, Evie Adams father said her death had taken away a massive part of their lives.

He said: “Our lives changed completely on the night of October 24, 2019, when a police officer came to our home and abruptly gave us the news that Evie had died.

“We were told she had taken her own life by overdose. That was the start of the ordeal.

“Once the police inquiry team contacted us we were witnesses and we became witnesses. We couldn’t be given full details of how the case progressed.”

Among the heart breaking witness impact statements was also that of Laura Gray, who lost her first and second born children to the hands of the killer.

She said: “All I ever wanted was to be a mum. I wanted to give children the love and opportunities I never had growing up. Jordan knew how much I wanted that.

“My children are the most important thing in my life. I loved every single day I had with them.

“I have the memories and they are truly lovely memories but memories will never beat the reality.

“I will never be the same person again. When the children went a huge part of me went with them.”

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George Holan

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

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