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The triple killer Jordan Monaghan faces the caperpetual den, after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby and toddler by suffocation, and six years after killing your new partner with a drug overdose.
The 30-year-old man, a gambling addict, manipulator and controller, obstructed the airways of his defenseless sons in separate murders in January and August 2013.
After more information came to light, the Police reviewed the deaths of Ruby, 24 days, and Logan, 21 months, and in 2018, for which Monaghan was arrested.
He was on police bail for the child murders, when he killed his new girlfriend with a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs in October 2019.
Monaghan argued during his 10-week Preston Crown Court trial that he murdered his girlfriend because he could not face rejection from his partners.
The defendant, who suffered from a mild illness, did not appear in court, as the president of the jury delivered the guilty verdicts, after 26 hours of deliberation over six days.
Laura Gray, the mother of the 28-year-old boys, could be heard crying in the public gallery, as the verdicts were delivered.
Monaghan was convicted of the three murders and two counts of attempted murder of a third child who could not be identified for legal reasons.
The trial judge, Justice Goose, ordered the defendant to be taken from prison to court for sentencing at 3:00 p.m.
Eight months later, after Miss Gray discovered that her boyfriend owed thousands of pounds in gambling debt, she told him that the relationship was over.
The next day, she took her son, Logan, 21 months, to a local pool, Waves in Blackburn.
While alone in a cubicle in the locker room, he suffocated the boy, the jury heard.
Ruby and Logan’s deaths were investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl’s death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained “undetermined.”
Both had been seen by doctors in the days and months before their deaths, but aside from the usual childhood illnesses, no serious medical conditions were found.
Following Logan’s death on August 17, Monaghan was questioned for eight hours by police before being released.
But Lancashire police conducted a review after more information came to light and Monaghan was arrested and released on bail on suspicion of murder in January 2018.
It turned out that Monaghan had suffocated little Ruby while she slept in her Moses basket. He had told his then-partner, Miss Gray, that he would stay up and feed his daughter at 2 am.
He later woke her up saying that Ruby wasn’t breathing.
Ruby was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
Evie Adams, Monaghan’s second girlfriend, died of a fatal overdose on October 24, 2019, a week after complaining of malaise and stomach pains.
A report from the toxicologist showed that the amount of tramadol in the 23-year-old’s blood was five times the normal prescribed dose.
Following Jordan Monaghan’s conviction, Martin Hill, Deputy Director of the Complex Cases Unit of the North West Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), told the Daily Mirror: “The cruelty of Jordan Monaghan is unbelievable and the cruelty of these murders is heartbreaking. ”.
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