A dad accused of murdering his girlfriend by giving her an overdose of tramadol and diazepam told a jury that he lied to police about buying drugs on the black market.
Jordan Monaghan said he had joined WhatsApp group ‘UK Tablets’ to purchase the prescription drugs – claiming they were for him.
The 30-year-old had previously told officers that somebody else had used his social media contact details to send messages about pregabs – an abbreviation for anti-anxiety pill pregabalin – pain-killer tramadol and anti-depressant diazepam.
Monaghan denied buying the drugs to give to Evie Adams, 23.
Jordan Monaghan (pictured) said he had joined WhatsApp group ‘UK Tablets’ to purchase the prescription drugs – claiming they were for him
Miss Adams died from a fatal overdose on October 24 2019 – a week after complaining of sickness and stomach pains.
Ben Myers, QC, defending, asked Monaghan why he had lied when interviewed.
He said: ‘Because the police were out to get me in my eyes and I didn’t want to admit to buying drugs to them so I Iied.
‘It was hard to get out of the lie. 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 said he bought the drugs for personal use and began taking them between August and December 2019.
Monaghan admitted sending message ‘Who’s got tramadol?’ to the WhatsApp group, and asking for ‘pregabs and blues (diazepam)’.
Miss Adams (pictured) died from a fatal overdose on October 24 2019 – a week after complaining of sickness and stomach pains
Mr Myers asked Monaghan: ‘When you got the drugs, did that have anything to do with Evie Adams?’
Monaghan replied: ‘No. Never.’
Monaghan had earlier claimed he had contacted Tom Bank to arrange a Halloween party, and Ben Grundy for work – but giving evidence today he admitted it was also to buy drugs.
Monaghan also told the trial at Preston Crown Court, Lancs, that Miss Adams would often threaten to commit suicide.
He said: ‘She would say she wanted to kill herself. She’d say things like she didn’t want to be here any more.
‘She’d say she’d taken tablets but I always asked her and talked to her and then she would say different so I never had any concerns.’
The jury was told how Miss Adams had been adopted as a child and had a poor relationship with her parents, who ‘regretted adopting her’ and told her they would have been ‘better off if we hadn’t have taken you in.’
Monaghan (left) is also charged with murdering his three-week-old daughter, Ruby, and 21-month-old son Logan which he shared with Laura Gray (right).
Monaghan added Miss Adams had received death threats, which she reported to the police.
He said: ‘She told her mum who said ‘maybe we would all be better off if you did go and kill yourself’.’
Monaghan, of Blackburn, denies murdering Evie Adams.
He 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 of the charges.
Source: Daily Mail UK