Jordan Monaghan, 30, is alleged to have killed his son in Blackburn, Lancashire, just eight months after smothering his baby daughter on New Year’s Day in 2013
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A father has denied killing his toddler son in a cubicle at a public swimming bath just months after smothering his baby daughter and before murdering his partner.
Jordan Monaghan, 30, is accused of smothering 21-month-old Logan at the Waves pool in Blackburn, Lancashire, on August 17 2013, it was said at Preston Crown Court.
Eight months earlier, Monaghan allegedly murdered his 24-day-old daughter Ruby while alone with her at the family home on New Year’s Day.
He is then alleged to have tried to kill a third child, who cannot be identified, before murdering his new partner, Evie Adams, 23, in October 2019, by using prescription drugs tramadol and diazepam.
Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, Lancashire denies all charges.
Duncan Smith QC, prosecuting, suggested Monaghan killed the children when his partner – the mother of his children, Laura Gray, 28 – told him their relationship was over.
He killed Miss Adams when she also threatened to dump him, it is alleged.
The court heard that his toddler son Logan had appeared “happy, talking, behaving normally” on the day the pair went to the swimming pool.
CCTV showed them at reception at 2.06pm then leaving the swimming centre 27 minutes later, with the prosecution claiming Monaghan left with the rain cover pulled over a pushchair to disguise the fact his son was dead.
The defendant told the court he got changed before realising he had forgotten his son’s swimming cap so they could not go in the pool.
During cross-examination, Mr Smith asked him: “In those 27 minutes that you were alone with Logan in the lower part of Waves, what were you doing to him?”
Monaghan replied: “I wasn’t doing anything to him.”
Mr Smith continued: “You were obstructing his airways, weren’t you?”
Monaghan said: “No, I was waiting for a cubicle.”
The prosecutor said: “It was there that you killed Logan.”
When he returned home he told Miss Gray that Logan was sleeping, then left the property, telling her to wake him up, to ensure he was “putting distance” between him and the discovery that the toddler was dead, the jury heard.
Mr Smith said: “Logan’s death achieved what you wanted to achieve, your relationship with Laura Gray continued.”
Monaghan replied: “No, our relationship would have continued anyway.”
Six years later, Miss Adams told him their “toxic” relationship was over, the court heard.
Monaghan had replied to her: “I won’t keep putting up with you saying we are over.”
The defendant admitted lying to police about trying to get hold of illegal prescription drugs from WhatsApp and Snapchat contacts and a WhatsApp group called UK Tablets.
Some of the messages included references to “prefabs” – or pregabalin, an anti-anxiety drug – tramadol, zopiclone and diazepam, all drugs found in Miss Adams’ body.
Mr Smith asked the defendant: “All of the drugs you were interested in buying?”
Monaghan said the drugs were for himself and denied giving Miss Adams any.
In the days before her death, Miss Adams sent a text to a friend saying she could not do anything for herself and felt, “like I’m just dying and weak”.
She also became confused, struggled with her balance and could only focus her vision when using one eye – an effect of diazepam, Mr Smith suggested.
He told the jury Monaghan was controlling her access to medical help and “stringing her along” about making appointments with her GP.
Two days before her death Miss Adams sent a message to Monaghan, saying: “I took all them tablets you gave me.”
Mr Smith asked: “What were the tablets you were giving her?” “Paracetamol,” Monaghan replied.
On the night Miss Adams died, October 24 2019, Monaghan again “made himself scarce” by leaving the house they shared in Hazel Close, Blackburn.
Monaghan denied leaving Miss Adams to be discovered by someone else and has denied three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of cruelty to a third child, who cannot be identified, all between January 1 2013 and October 24 2019.