Blackburn’s Father’s Girlfriend Jordan Monahan “Thought She Had Food Poisoning” Before Her Death

A jury has heard that a woman who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend Jordan Monaghan did not like taking medication.

Evie Adams, 24, died of a fatal overdose of tramadol and diazepam on October 24, 2019.

Monaghan, 30, denies the murder of Ms Adams, as well as the murders of her two children Ruby and Logan Monaghan and the attempted murder of another child.

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The Preston Crown Court jury will have to decide whether Ms Adams committed suicide or whether Monaghan obtained and administered the drugs that killed her.

On Friday October 11, 2019, Evie Adams and Jordan Monaghan took a weekend trip to Blackpool with friends Kimberley Edwards and boyfriend Jamie Rasheed.

Kimberley’s grandmother Christine Martin told the court her granddaughter complained about not feeling well after the trip.

She said Kimberley, Jamie and Evie all complained of “food poisoning” and said they were suffering from abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

On October 19, Ms. Martin, a registered nurse, spoke to Evie on Facetime. She told the court that Evie said her legs “looked like lead” and that she could barely move.

She said: “Evie when she spoke to me it wasn’t her normal bubbly voice so I would say she was in more pain than Kim.

“She couldn’t eat or drink. She wasn’t even able to reduce the water.”

Ms Martin said she had tried to shed some light on what was wrong with Evie and asked if she could be pregnant. She advised him to see a doctor, she told the court.

“They all said they had food poisoning. I asked if Jordan had been with them because he had no symptoms.”

She added that Evie’s condition looked “different,” telling the court: “When you have food poisoning, it doesn’t tend to be around your rib cage, causing shortness of breath.”

Ms Martin said she spoke to Evie again on Facetime on Monday, October 21. She said Evie’s symptoms had intensified and she was “really tired but managed to take a few sips of water.”

Once again, Ms Martin said she advised Evie to see a doctor or call 111. She said: “She didn’t like her doctor very much, if I remember correctly. said “just dial 111.” At this point I was starting to worry a bit because Kim was fine on Sunday.

“Evie was getting worse rather than better.”

But she said Evie tried to “push her away” when she told her to see a medical professional.

On Tuesday, October 22, Ms. Martin spoke to Evie again, this time on speakerphone through her granddaughter’s phone. Evie and Kimberley were scheduled to go to a psychic party at a Darwen pub but Evie called to cancel because she wasn’t in the mood to go out.

Ms Martin told the court: “I told her she really needed to go see someone. She didn’t even like taking paracetamol, so I thought it was time for her to go. really see someone because it was getting worse.

“She and my granddaughter didn’t like taking paracetamol or anything at all. They just didn’t like taking medication.”

Evie died two days later. Toxicology reports have found lethal levels of tramadol and diazepam.

Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, is accused of illegally purchasing drugs and secretly administering them to Evie for several days.

Evie’s sister Vicky Astley said she last spoke to her sister on October 16, her graduation day, when Evie asked Vicky to do her hair.

Evie congratulated her sister and the couple said they would organize another day for Evie’s hair. Ms Astley said Evie made no mention of her discomfort.

Ms Astley said Monaghan visited her home after Evie’s death to talk about the days before her death.

She told the court that Monaghan had talked about giving Evie pain relievers and said that on the day she died she asked him for medication.

Evie’s brother Camillus Walsh was also at Ms Astley’s when Monaghan went to visit her.

He told the court: “He said that Evie texted him that paracetamol and ibuprofen were not working and that she asked him to buy him more medicine.

“He took medicine for her. I don’t think he mentioned their name. He said it was a prescription for her.

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