As she was fighting for her life, her 30-year-old boyfriend, who was accused of murdering his 23-year-old lover, went on the phone

As she was fighting for her life, her 30-year-old boyfriend, who was accused of murdering his 23-year-old lover, went on the phone

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  • Jordan Monaghan, 30, denies three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of cruelty to a child and is standing trial at Preston Crown Court (pictured) +4 Jordan Monaghan, 30, denies three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of cruelty to a child and is standing trial at Preston Crown Court (pictured) The court was told that five days before Miss Adams’ death, a message asking for “pregabs” – an abbreviation for anti-anxiety pill pregabalin – was sent from Monaghan’s phone. He denied sending the message.

  • A jury at Preston Crown Court, Lancs, was told how Monaghan denied being in regular contact with Tom Bank to buy prescription drugs, insisting he had spoken to the man regarding a Halloween party and other work. Monaghan also denied being part of WhatsApp group “UK Tablets” and had not bought or sold any drugs from any member. The hearing was told about a series of WhatsApp, Snapchat and calls made from Monaghan’s mobile phone in the days before Miss Adam’s death on October 24, 2019. But Mongahan denied making those calls in his police interviews read out to the jury.

That day, a message recovered from Mr Bank’s phone from Monaghan’s device read: “On car park. Red jeep.” Monaghan admitted to officers he used a rented red jeep but denied sending the message. He denied sending further messages sent from his phone and told police someone else must be using his WhatsApp number. On the night Miss Adams died, Monaghan travelled to Hindley, Wigan, and later told police he had gone to price up a drainage job at a gym car park. The court heard that the gym boss did not know Monaghan or anything about the job.

The prosecution claimed the defendant was trying distancing himself from his home where his partner was dying. Monaghan, of Blackburn, is also charged with murdering his three-week-old daughter, Ruby, and 21-month-old son Logan. Ruby died at home on New Year’s Day in 2013, and her brother Logan died eight months later on August 17. He faces a further two counts of attempted murder of a third child, who cannot be named for legal reasons. He denies all the charges.The trial continues.

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