A DAD has today been found guilty of smothering his two children and murdering his new partner six years later.
Jordan Monaghan, 30, killed his daughter Ruby, who was just three weeks old, on New Year's Day, 2013, eight months before also smothering his son, Logan, aged 21 months.
The triple killer murdered his new girlfriend Evie Adams, 23, six years later in October 2019, by giving her a cocktail of prescription drugs in Blackburn, Lancs.
Construction worker Monaghan smothered his 24-day old daughter, Ruby, as she slept in her Moses basket while Laura Gray, 28, the child's mum was asleep upstairs.
Eight months later he took his toddler Logan to a public swimming pool and smothered him while alone in a changing room cubicle.
Six years later he murdered his new partner Evie by giving her deadly prescription drugs including tramadol and diazepam, which he had bought illegally on the black market.
A toxicologist report showed the amount of tramadol in her blood was five times the normal prescribed dosage.
Cops quizzed him for eight hours over the deaths of the tots, and he even sobbed that he and his then partner had been treated as criminals by officers.
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Monaghan cried: “It's been like a bad dream and we expect to wake up at any moment.
“You never get over losing a child but we were just starting to move on and then Logan dies.
“You always expect your children to outlive you and don't think you'll have to plan their funeral. But we have had to do it twice it eight months. It's heart-breaking.'
“Even though we were told they weren't treating the death as suspicious, we did feel like criminals.”
He had told his then partner Miss Gray that he would stay up to feed their daughter, but woke her to tell her that the tiny tot was not breathing.
Ruby was rushed to hospital but later died, with an inquest held in April 2013 ruling that she died of natural causes after contracting acute bronchopneumonia.
A jury at Preston Crown Court heard that Monaghan would hurt Logan and Ruby when they were left in his care.
The abuse would reportedly get worse when his relationship with their mum was struggling.
Duncan Smith, QC, prosecuting, said each time Miss Gray threatened to leave, Monaghan caused the children to be ill so as to create a situation where she would feel obliged to stay.
Monaghan denied three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of cruelty to a child.
The dad was found guilty oftwo counts of attempted murder of a third child, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
He has today been convicted of three counts of murder by a jury after a ten week trial.
Monaghan is facing life in prison and will be sentenced at the same court later today.
Martin Hill, deputy head of the CPS North West's Complex Case Unit, said: "Jordan Monaghan's cruelty is beyond belief and the ruthlessness of these murders is harrowing.
"It is difficult to comprehend the depravity that went into planning and committing these murders.
"Three innocent people needlessly lost their lives due to Monaghan's utter selfishness.
"Together, the CPS and Lancashire police were able to build a strong case against him by ensuring all possible medical explanations for the deaths of the children could be discounted.
"I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering that Monaghan's actions have caused to the families of the victims. They have conducted themselves with the upmost dignity and been incredibly brave and patient throughout.
"Nothing can make up for the loss of their loved ones, but we can only hope, following today's conviction, they feel justice has been done. Our thoughts remain with the families."
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