Triple murder accused Jordan Monaghan admits lying to police over sourcing pills in weeks before girlfriend died

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Jordan Monaghan denies murdering his partner, two children and attempted murder of a third child

 

Exterior of Preston Crown Court in Lancashire.
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Exterior of Preston Crown Court in Lancashire. Photo by James Maloney/LancsLive

A construction worker accused of murdering his girlfriend by giving her a fatal dose of prescription drugs has admitted he lied to police about sourcing pills.

Jordan Monaghan, 30, denies murdering Evie Adams, 23, after the mum died from a fatal dose of prescription painkillers in October 2018.

During the investigation into Ms Adams’ death, Monaghan told police someone else must have used his phone to message a WhatsApp group called UK Tablets seeking black market medication.

But he today (November 29) told Preston Crown Court: “I lied.”

Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, is also accused of murdering his two children – Ruby, 24 days, and Logan, 21 months, in 2013. He is also accused of the attempted murder and cruelty to a third child who can not be identified due to legal reasons.

Speaking from the witness box, Monaghan told the court he and Evie Adams argued on a weekend in Blackpool but had no intention of splitting up. He said internet searches from Evie’s phone, looking for properties to rent in Blackburn, were his partner looking for a place for them to live together.

In the weeks before she died, Monaghan admitted sending a number of messages to a WhatsApp group asking about Pregabalin, Tramadol and other prescription medications. But he said as far as he knew, Evie was not aware he was getting the tablets and did not get her hands on the drugs.

When quizzed by police, Monaghan claimed he did not send the messages, but today he said: “The police were out to get me. I didn’t want to admit buying drugs, so I lied. It was hard to get out of the lie really. It was a lie I had made up because I didn’t want the police to know I was buying them, but eventually I knew I had to tell the truth.”

Monaghan told the jury he first became aware his girlfriend was unwell on Friday, October 18, when she texted him asking for a cuddle as she had been unsettled during the night and had belly ache. But he said her illness had nothing to do with him and there was no unhappiness in their relationship at that time.

Later that day, he said he saw a brown bottle on the kitchen table with what he said he believed were anti-sickness pills.

He said: “I presume Evie’s got it from the chemist.”

Monaghan told the court Evie said she had seen a doctor on the morning of October 24 and had been prescribed Tramadol.

He said: “She was ill. She was tired, she didn’t want to stand up or do anything. She said she felt lightheaded and she was a bit aggressive with my grandad too. That was very unusual.”

On October 24, Ms Adams died from a fatal dose of tramadol and diazepam at a house in Hazel Close, Blackburn.

Monaghan denies her murder and all other allegations.

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