Tiahleigh Palmer: Foster father Rick Thorburn charged with murder over schoolgirl’s death


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Inside the idyllic rural property where 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer’s spent 10 months before her murder

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Child safety service not told Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father was ‘person of interest’ for months

Yahoo7 News on September 28, 2016, 5:53 am

Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father and accused killer Rick Thorburn was permitted to run a daycare business for five months after the schoolgirl’s death despite being a person of interest in the investigation, it has been revealed.

Queensland’s Department of Child Safety and Education were not notified that Thorburn was a person of interest in the case until April 2016, and the 56-year-old held a blue card until then, The Courier Mail reports.

Tiahleigh, 12, disappeared on October 30 when Thorburn claimed he dropped her off at school and she failed to come home.

Tiahleigh’s remains were found on a riverbank in November 2015.

Her body was discovered five days later, washed up on the bank of the Pimpama River.

Police told News Corp last week that Thorburn was a person of interest “from day one”, however the child safety authority was not notified until April, Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman confirmed.

Rick Thorburn has been charged over Tiahleigh’s murder. Photo: Supplied.

The department was told the Logan man was also facing allegations relating to an 11-year-old girl and four-year-old girl, the Courier Mail reported.

“In April, police notified my department and the Department of Education and Training of alleged criminal activity. This was the first time that concerns were raised about the Thorburns,” Ms Fentiman said last week.

Thorburn was charged over Tiahleigh’s murder and taken into custody on September 20, six weeks before the one-year anniversary of her disappearance.

Trent Thorburn was reportedly bashed twice in prison since his arrest. Photo: Supplied.

His son and Tiahleigh’s foster brother Trent Thorburn is also in custody accused of having an incestual relationship with the girl in their Chambers Flat home.

The 19-year-old dancer has reportedly been bashed twice by fellow inmates since being held in the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

The Queensland Government ordered a review into the foster care system and blue card services the day after the arrests.


IT WAS a house of misery where Tiahleigh Palmer spent 10 months of her life before her murder.

The schoolgirl was placed with former truck driver and muscle-car enthusiast Rick Thorburn and his family in the house on an isolated stretch of road at Chambers Flat, a rural pocket of strawberry farms and horse paddocks in the Logan area south of Brisbane.

The seemingly idyllic 2ha property where Tiahleigh made her new home with the Thorburn family is modern, with two bathrooms, a swimming pool, rolling green lawns and horses in the yard.

But inside the four-bedroom brick house just eight minutes from where Tiahleigh was last seen attending her high school, the young girl was allegedly preyed on by her foster brother Trent Thorburn.

The house in Chambers Flat in a rural area where Tiahleigh Palmer spent her last months in 2015.

The house in Chambers Flat in a rural area where Tiahleigh Palmer spent her last months in 2015.Source: Supplied

An occasional truant, Tiahleigh was well-liked at school.

An occasional truant, Tiahleigh was well-liked at school.Source :News Corp Australia

Tiahleigh Palmer attended school minutes from the Thorburn’s property.

Tiahleigh Palmer attended school minutes from the Thorburn’s property.Source:News Corp Australia

Tiahleigh came to live with the Thorburns, Rick and Julene and their sons Trent and Josh in the isolated family farmhouse south of Brisbane before she was murdered.

Tiahleigh came to live with the Thorburns, Rick and Julene and their sons Trent and Josh in the isolated family farmhouse south of Brisbane before she was murdered.Source: Supplied

The 19-year-old, who lived with his brother Josh, 20, and mother Julene has been charged with incest while Rick Thorburn, 56, has been charged with Tiahleigh’s murder.

Not all was well with the Thorburn family. Following a serious back injury which forced him to give up his job as a truckie, Rick Thorburn had tried a number of jobs to feed his family.

A car enthusiast, he had sold vehicle and engine parts from the property.

He was also a devotee of American culture and came up with the idea to sell US food from a truck he drove to festivals and other events in the Logan area.

A month after Tiahleigh moved into the Thorburn’s home, Rick Thorburn took his food van — which he named Nothing Healthy Here — and travelled around with his sons Trent and Josh selling hot dogs, hot jam doughnuts, churros and pancakes from the van.

This is the house in Flesser Rd at Chambers Flat where Tiahleigh lived with her foster parents.

This is the house in Flesser Rd at Chambers Flat where Tiahleigh lived with her foster parents.Source:News Corp Australia

The swimming pool at the house rented by the Thorburns.

The swimming pool at the house rented by the Thorburns.Source: Supplied

Rick Thorburn, at his Chambers Flat home before his arrest. Picture: Liam Kidston

Rick Thorburn, at his Chambers Flat home before his arrest. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia

“We saw the quality of food at other places and decided we could do it bigger and better. We try to keep it unique and we have food you can’t get anywhere else,” he told the Jimboomba Times.

Mr Thorburn said he looked forward to being able to provide guests with a good old-fashioned feed.

“We do sell one healthy thing – water,” he joked in September last year.

Mr Thorburn made the comments almost eight weeks before Tiahleigh Palmer vanished.

While she lived with the Thorburns, Tiahleigh had been attending Marsden State High School, where Chaplain Ian Pratt said she was a free spirit who passionately threw herself into a range of creative pursuits.

The seventh grader was also described as “not always perfect” and an occasional truant from classes, but there was no suggestion of the alleged abuse that was unfolding at her new foster home.

Tiahleigh, 12, lived on the property which is among farms and horse paddocks south of Brisbane.

Tiahleigh, 12, lived on the property which is among farms and horse paddocks south of Brisbane.Source: Supplied

Rick Thorburn had lost his trucking job after a back injury and was selling American fare from a food truck. Picture: Liam Kidston

Rick Thorburn had lost his trucking job after a back injury and was selling American fare from a food truck. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia

Tiahleigh Palmer allegedly kept a terrible secret while living at the Thorburn home and attending the local school.

Tiahleigh Palmer allegedly kept a terrible secret while living at the Thorburn home and attending the local school.Source: Supplied

The Thorburns property looked idyllic, but police allege Tiahleigh was being abused while she lived there.

The Thorburns property looked idyllic, but police allege Tiahleigh was being abused while she lived there.Source: Supplied

Tiahleigh had been placed with the Thorburns after spending a happy three years with a foster mother in Gympie, just over 200km north of the Chambers Flat house where she spent her final months.

The schoolgirl lived with Julie Pemberton in the Logan area for years until December 2014, when Ms Pemberton decided to stop acting as a foster carer.

Tiahleigh had been removed from the care of her biological mother, Cyndi Palmer, who was

in and out of police custody with drug problems between 2011 and 2013.

During that time Tiahleigh had experienced some of the lows of the Queensland foster care system, in which she sometimes stayed with carers for as little as 24 hours before being moved to another home.

Despite living in foster care, Tiahleigh remained close to her mother.

The 12-year-old lived with the Thorburns at this house between January and October last year before she was murdered and her body dumped.

The 12-year-old lived with the Thorburns at this house between January and October last year before she was murdered and her body dumped.Source :Supplied

Police divers found Tiahleigh’s shoe but not her uniform after fishermen discovered her body floating in the Pimpama River. Picture: QPS

Police divers found Tiahleigh’s shoe but not her uniform after fishermen discovered her body floating in the Pimpama River. Picture: QPSSource: Supplied

Rick Thorburn, above before his arrest, at the gate of the property his family shared with Tiahleigh Palmer. Picture: Channel 9

Rick Thorburn, above before his arrest, at the gate of the property his family shared with Tiahleigh Palmer. Picture: Channel 9Source: Supplied

At the time Ms Pemberton gave up her role as a foster carer and Tiahleigh was placed with the Thorburns, Cyndi Palmer had been trying to regain custody of her daughter.

Following Tiahleigh’s murder, Ms Pemberton said that Cyndi Palmer had “got it together” and that she “might have made a few mistakes but she is lovely and absolutely adores her daughter”.

Cyndi Palmer has posted on Facebook that she had endured an “evil” 2011, but had turned her life around but had “learned from it and … well prepared and educated for making 2012 the start of everything I want it to be for my family and I”.

But Tiahleigh’s return to her mother’s care never happened.

After almost a year with the Thorburns and allegedly involved in an incestuous relationship with her foster brother, Tiahleigh was dropped off at Marsden High School at 8.10am on October 30 by Rick Thorburn.

Witnesses say she entered the school briefly, but then left.

Six days later, fishermen found Tiahleigh’s badly decomposed body floating in the Pimpama River, 30km south of where she was last seen.

Police divers found one of Tiahleigh’s shoes, but her school uniform and pink backpack were missing.

Queensland Police have also charged Tiahleigh’s foster mother Julene Thorburn and her son Josh with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Rick Thorburn is in hospital in an induced coma after an alleged attempt at self harm following his arrest.


Tiahleigh Palmer’s 19-year-old foster-brother told a cousin he’d had sex with the 12-year-old and was worried she was pregnant, a court has heard.

In successfully keeping Trent Jordan Thorburn behind bars, prosecutors argued he had deliberately misled and lied to police throughout the 11-month investigation into the alleged murder of the Logan schoolgirl.

Foster brother admitted sex

The foster-brother of Tiahleigh Palmer is refused bail, charged with incest and lying to police. 7 News Queensland

Police prosecutor Sergeant Ellen French alleged a Facebook Messenger conversation between Mr Thorburn and his cousin two days before Tia went missing showed him disclosing that he’d had sex with her.

“He says he had sex with the victim on the prior Monday and he had only done so because she had threatened to kill his dog,” Sergeant French said, of a conversation that was allegedly handed over to police.

“The defendant said he was concerned about her being pregnant…” she told the court.

“The defendant further outlines the victim had spoken to his mother about it.”

Mr Thorburn’s defence lawyer John Ide argued he should have been granted bail on charges including incest considering his age, lack of criminal history and potential time behind bars awaiting trial.

“He’s a young man with no criminal history whatsoever,” he said.

Trent Thorburn.
Trent Thorburn.  

“In my submission it couldn’t be said he’s an unacceptable risk of any of the things that’s asserted by the prosecution.”

Sergeant French told the court Mr Thorburn had denied any involvement or sexual conduct with Tia on five separate occasions and colluded with his family to mislead police.

Tiahleigh Palmer's mother Cindy waits with supporters outside court.
Tiahleigh Palmer’s mother Cindy waits with supporters outside court. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“Eventually the defendant has admitted to the authorities that he had lied on multiple occasions in order to conceal the  sexual intercourse between himself and Tiahleigh,” she said.

A friend of Tia’s told police the young girl had approached her about a month before her alleged murder, saying “Trent tried to touch me”, Sergeant Ellen alleged.

Former foster carers Cameron and Wayne Pemberton speak to media outside court.
Former foster carers Cameron and Wayne Pemberton speak to media outside court. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“She further said that the victim claimed to have disclosed this to her foster-mother,” she said.

Mr Thorburn has been charged with incest, perverting the course of justice and two counts of perjury relating to Crime and Corruption Commission hearings in July and September this year.

Cindy Palmer arrives at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
Cindy Palmer arrives at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jorge Branco

Prosecutors argued he was “highly likely” to interfere with witnesses and “would attempt in every way shape and form to evade and avoid every risk” of imprisonment.

Magistrate Pamela Dowse kept Mr Thorburn behind bars, saying he was “not a candidate for bail at this point in time” but another application could be made in the future.

Tiahleigh Palmer.
Tiahleigh Palmer.  Photo: Supplied

Outside court, Mr Ide said he would consider applying to the Supreme Court for bail.

Police allege Mr Thorburn’s father, Richard Thorburn, killed Tia in an attempt to cover up his son’s alleged crime.

Richard Thorburn has been charged with the murder of his foster child.
Richard Thorburn has been charged with the murder of his foster child. Photo: Jorge Branco

The alleged killer was remanded in custody after his matter was heard on Wednesday morning as he remained in an induced coma in hospital after collapsing in the watchhouse on Tuesday.

EARLIER

A member of Tiahleigh Palmer's foster family arrives at Logan police station on Tuesday.
A member of Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster family arrives at Logan police station on Tuesday.  Photo: Glenn Hunt

The man accused of murdering Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer and dumping her body in a Gold Coast river is in an induced coma and won’t appear in court before a crowd of her mother’s supporters.

Foster father Richard Neville Thorburn, 56, was due in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, ahead of an application for bail by his son on related charges.

But the father remained in the intensive care unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Wednesday, after collapsing in the watchhouse on Tuesday afternoon.

Defence solicitor Kelly Thompson, from Robertson O’Gorman solicitors, told the court she’d spoken with doctors at the hospital.

“He’s currently in an induced coma and there’s no indication as to when he might be brought out of that at this stage,” she said.

A crowd of people expecting the appearance packed Beenleigh courtroom, leaving standing room only for a host of people due to appear on other matters, with supporters flanking Tia’s biological mum, Cindy Palmer.

Among them were Tia’s former foster father Wayne Pemberton and his son Cameron, who paid tribute to the “good girl”.

Wayne said the “feisty” 12-year-old lived with them for two and a half years and described his “total shock” at hearing the man who cared for Tia after him had been accused of her murder.

“You don’t expect that from a carer,” he said.

“That’s not what you’re here to do.

“To hear that and for everyone in the family to (allegedly) be involved it’s just unthinkable.”

Ms Palmer declined to comment as she made her way into the courthouse in suburban Beenleigh, just off the highway roughly halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Wayne, who remembered Tia’s love of waterskiing and other watersports, said it couldn’t be said Ms Palmer was happy but she was glad of an outcome.

Trent Jordan Thorburn, 19, has been charged with incest, perjury, and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He’s due to appear in court on Wednesday.

He was set to apply for bail after midday in a hearing his lawyer indicated would take about 45 minutes.

Richard Thorburn’s hearing went ahead without him and was adjourned for a committal mention on December 21.

He won’t be required to appear, meaning Ms Palmer again won’t have a chance to come face to face with her daughter’s alleged killer.

Mr Thorburn told police he dropped his foster daughter off at school about 8.10am that morning but police will allege that was a lie.

They’ll allege he instead murdered the 12-year-old at the family home in the Logan suburb of Chambers Flat on the night of October 29, before dumping her body in the river that night or the next.

The killing was sparked by a discovery made that night, which led Mr Thorburn to kill the girl in an attempt to cover up a crime Trent had committed against Tia, police will allege.

The younger brother was charged with incest, among other alleged crimes.

A missing person alert for Tia wasn’t put out until November 5, hours before her badly decomposed body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River.

The delay drew criticism, sparked wide-ranging changes to authorities’ responses to missing children in care and further condemnation from Wayne Pemberton on Wednesday as “very frustrating”.

“It’s not a good thing to have to wait around for someone to put an alert out but it finally got done,” Cameron said.

“It should have got done quicker. It shouldn’t have taken so long.”

Another supporter, who didn’t know the family, said she was “disillusioned” with the government’s handling of children in care.

Being charged with murder, Mr Thorburn must apply for bail to a higher court if he wants to be released.


The younger son, Trent, 19, described himself as a dancer, metal fabrication apprentice, and classic car builder.

Police believe the teenager sexually abused Tiahleigh. He was denied bail on charges for incest, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice in court this afternoon.

In court, the prosecutor argued he “took advantage of (Tiahleigh) as her big brother and as a result her young life has been taken”.

The foster brother was concerned he had impregnated the child, the court heard. Police are expected to allege the boy’s father killed Tia to cover for his son.

THE foster family at the centre of allegations into the death of Tiahleigh Palmer buried the Brisbane schoolgirl in a heartfelt ceremony attended by more than 600 people last November.

Back then, Rick Thorburn, 56, Tia’s foster father and accused killer, appeared to hold back tears as he solemnly carried her child-sized coffin, acting as a pallbearer.

He blended in to the crowd of purple, Tia’s favourite colour, which mourners had chosen to wear to pay tribute to the young girl. The colour also became a symbol of commitment to the desperate search for answers over what had happened to her.

His shirt read “in love memory of Tiahleigh R.I.P.” At the service, he comforted her grieving mother.

The truck driver turned food van proprietor and his wife had taken in Tia as a foster child while her biological mother, Cyndi Palmer, worked to get her life on track after struggling as a teen mum and spending time in the prison system.

Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:AAP

Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:Supplied

She lived with the couple and their two adult sons in their Chambers Flat home where Thorburn’s wife Julene, 54, also ran a home daycare service.

The eldest of the two boys, Josh, 20, was qualified to work as an assistant in the home business and had been unemployed in recent years while recovering from injury.

The younger son, Trent, 19, described himself as a dancer, metal fabrication apprentice, and classic car builder.

Police believe the teenager sexually abused Tiahleigh. He was denied bail on charges for incest, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice in court this afternoon.

In court, the prosecutor argued he “took advantage of (Tiahleigh) as her big brother and as a result her young life has been taken”.

The foster brother was concerned he had impregnated the child, the court heard. Police are expected to allege the boy’s father killed Tia to cover for his son.

A facebook photograph of Rick Thorburn and family Josh, Julene and Trent. Rick and Trent have been charged in relation to the murder of Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:Facebook

A Crime Stoppers tip led police to swoop on the family on Tuesday, arresting Rick, Julene, Josh, and Trent at various addresses in the Logan area.

Following police interviews Rick was yesterday formally charged with Tia’s murder. Trent, the youngest of Tia’s foster brothers, has been charged with incest.

Julene and Josh have been charged with one count each of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

All four family members are awaiting court, Trent’s today and Julene’s and Josh’s next month, though father Rick’s has now been delayed. The murder-accused was expected to face a bedside hearing at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, but is in an induced coma following a suspected self-harm attempt while in custody.

When his case returns to court, now scheduled for December, police are expected to allege the foster father murdered the girl in his car to protect his teenage son according to the Courier-Mail. Police will allege Trent sexually abused Tia.

Trent Thorburn was Tiahleigh’s foster brother.Source:No Source

Trent Thorburn, 19, has been charged with incest, perverting the course of justice and perjury in relation to the death of Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:No Source

Tia’s foster father and relatives have long been persons of interest throughout the 11-month investigation of the schoolgirl’s disappearance and murder, senior police sources told the Brisbane paper.

Less than a month after Tia’s death, the foster father published a post on Facebook saying the family had accommodation for one or two people in their “happy home environment on acreage”.

He described the residence as a clean and safe home.

The case has prompted the Queensland government to review the approval process for foster carers and working with children checks.

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt says both will be examined by extending a review already under way, with a report expected back early next year. “We will be very, very careful to ensure that the young people who are in our foster system as well as, of course, the broader child protection system are given all the protections,” he said.

Announcing details of the review, Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman confirmed the foster parents continued to run a child care business from their home after Tia’s death.

Tiahleigh’s mother, Cyndi Palmer at Beenleigh court on Wednesday where Rick Thorburn was due to appear. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia

Tia went missing at the end of October last year. Her foster father was reportedly the last person to see her alive, dropping her off near Marsden State High school just after 8am on October 20.

Despite calls for action from her biological family, Tia wasn’t reported missing for six days. The delay was explained away at the time as taking care with concerns around identifying a child in care.

The same morning an alert was distributed by police appealing for help finding the girl, a trio of fishermen discovered her semi-naked decaying body on the banks of the Gold Coast’s Pimpama River.

The water and dirt had washed away any signs of what had happened to Tia, and police had few clues to work with while going about investigating how she had died.

Investigators were worried they may never solve the case.

Tia’s biological mother and grandmother were outspoken in appealing for witnesses and calls to Crime Stoppers from members of the public who may have seen or heard anything that could assist with finding out what happened to their little girl.

But her foster family was silent.

Foster father Rick Thorburn has been charged with murder. He is in an induced coma in a Brisbane hospital. Picture: Jack TranSource:News Corp Australia

Again speaking out, Tia’s grandmother Sue Palmer last night revealed her shock and anguish over the Thorburn family’s charges.

She said the news had “knocked the wind right out of my sails”.

“When it happens to your own it just is like a twisted knife in your heart,” she told A Current Affair on Tuesday.

“I’m just absolutely addled with thoughts of how she died, and that’s something that I really want to know.”

Ms Palmer criticised the Thorburn family’s behaviour following Tia’s death, which was made all the more alarming following yesterday’s allegations.

“They took pride of place at the funeral which I didn’t think they deserved and people treated them as though they were parents of long standing which they weren’t,” she said.

“It’s really really scary. It’s awful trying to raise little girls and boys nowadays. You can’t fix kids once you’ve wrecked them. You can’t fix Tiahleigh.”

Ms Palmer said she gained no relief from the arrests and charges, bringing her and the rest of Tia’s family closer to finding answers.

“To be really truthful it’s not a relief at all, it’s not even closure, it’s pain on pain,” she said.

Rick Thorburn remains in an induced coma and is due to face court on charges of murder and interfering with a corpse in December. His son Trent will face Beenleigh Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with incest, perjury and perverting the course of justice. He is expected to apply for bail.

Thorburn’s wife Julene and other son Josh have both been charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice, and have been bailed to return to court on October 10.

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a charge of incest has also been laid against one of the young males arrested.
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Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father Rick Thorburn has been charged with murder over the 12-year-old’s death, hours after he and his wife were arrested by homicide detectives south of Brisbane, police say.

Thorburn arrived at Logan police station in handcuffs just before 11:30am.

His wife Julene Thorburn arrived at the police station separately a short time later.

Less than two hours later, Detective Inspector Damien Hansen emerged from the police station to tell the media Thorburn would be charged with murder at the Beenleigh Police Station watch house.

“He will be appearing in court tomorrow,” Inspector Hansen said.

Earlier today, homicide detectives arrested four people in connection with the murder investigation.

“A woman aged 54, as well as three men aged 19, 20 and 56 were taken into custody by officers attached to Operation North Mizzen — a joint Homicide and Logan District investigation,” a police statement said.

“All four are known to each other and were located at various addresses in Logan.”

The ABC understands the two younger men also arrested are related to the Thorburns.

The arrests came shortly after police confirmed Tiahleigh’s foster father was the former owner of a car seized by police last week.

The 12-year-old’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River last November, almost a week after she vanished.

A week ago, detectives seized a 2009 blue-coloured Ford XR6 sedan they believed was linked to Tiahleigh’s murder.

Police said last week the car’s current owner was not considered a suspect.

Today, Detective Inspector Damien Hansen confirmed Thorburn was the car’s former owner.

His link to the investigation had been revealed in the media, which Inspector Hansen said could have hindered the progress of detectives.

“It didn’t help us,” he said.

Inspector Hansen admitted the investigation had moved quickly in the past 24 hours.

“Due to certain factors we’ve moved quicker than than we possibly would have wanted to,” he said.

Car still under forensic examination

He said police had received no further information in relation to the car since it was seized.

“We’ve looked at every person who had involvement with Tiah in this investigation,” Inspector Hansen said.

He declined to say what police, if anything, had found in the car.

“It’s still being examined,” he said.

He said detectives had also updated Tiahleigh’s biological mother on the investigation.

“She’s comfortable with our response at this stage,” Inspector Hansen said.

“But I will take the opportunity to say that also with the family that there are certain times we can’t pass on information, when the information is at a critical stage.

“It’s possibly been one of the most difficult investigations I’ve been involved in.”

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28 thoughts on “Tiahleigh Palmer: Foster father Rick Thorburn charged with murder over schoolgirl’s death”

  1. More is coming out which will as the rats flee the sinking ship. It assumed that the youngest son Trent (19) now, was sexually involve with the victim. Trent, as just been charged with incest ? why not under- age sex crimes which carry a heavier plenty ? because the involvement occurred before trent turn 18 so they had to find another charge. I assume the hindering of the case was due to the new released concerning the car is for the lesser charges. Because of this the police had to move quickly. I assume police had some evidence but need more so more appropriate charges like murder concern all of them could be imposed. I assume The victim was in love with Trent and Trent used her devotion for his sexual enjoyment. I also assume the victim realise this went to the the parents and told them what is happening. What happen after I am would be only guesting.

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    1. Why do you assume she was in love with him? Most victims of sex crimes are not in love with their abusers. Theyre scared, dominated and abused by them. What an odd assumption to make. She told her friend and the so called foster mother what was happening in order to get help. She was a young girl being abused by an older man. A very common crime that has nothing to do with love.

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  2. Been alleged in court today Trent, 19 the younger son had been having sex with the victim and thought she might be pregnant.

    Dad allegedly came to the rescue and killed her to rid the problem in the family. It is noted daddy is also charged with interfering with the corpse.

    My personal view is that is to do with moving the body elsewhere after death.

    I really hope her body was not interfered with post mortem by this pathetic man who took on a duty to care for a young vulnerable care who needed safe haven and love.

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  3. The whole family are disgusting they should all be thrown in prison. What would occur to that scumbag to warrant being put in an induced coma just collapsing wouldnt do it. Thats a piss poor excuse when the prick wakes up hes in for a real nightmare reality check the weak coward. That scumbucket Trent looks like a typical self absorbed wanker creep. The mothers a disgusting piece of shit I hope she gets bashed to an inch of her life the skanky bitchface.

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  4. Yes Robbo, The interfering with a body concerns disturbing evidence and corrupting evidence where it could of be vital evidence in the case. Where assisting in murder Charge would be harder to prove in a trail. While living in Japan, The police lay this charge first before charging the person with murder. The Japanese police have a preference of obtaining a sign written confusion and this give the police time to do so by laying the first charge then a few days latter they brake down and write and sign. This save a lot of cases jaming up the system and go on on for years. Our police should go over to Japan and see how they employ this method in Murders cases and see if we can adapt it to our legal system.

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  5. im gonna b crucify for this….

    if i was put in a situation were my son was going to jail,
    i don’t think i would think twice…
    i doubt i would even debate risking my own freedom to give my son a second chance.

    in that moment of madness…
    one life would be more important than another.

    would you take a life to save your child?
    the answer is likely dark & depressing.

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  6. WHAT ABOUT THE FUCKWIT WHO SIGNED THE PAPERS FOR THESE DOGS TO BE CARERS WHOEVER MADE THIS DECISION SHOULD ALSO BE SACKED WITHOUT ENTITLEMENTS, THE WORST PART ABOUT THESE FUCKING SICK DOGS IS THEY WILL BE PUT IN PROTECTION JAIL FOR ROCK SPIDERS, THEY SHOUD BE PUT IN MAINSTREEM JAIL AND GIVEN THE FULL TREATMENT , POOR GIRL TAKEN AWAY BY SICK BASTARDS

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  7. A boiling cuppa Brett Cowan style tea with no teabag that being a hot kettle shower should be waiting for this incest scum blowfly teen Trent Thorburn. Such a pity their is high protection where he will be going. But he still will have to watch his coward back. The 24 hour high security protection in solitary confinement lockup, might keep him safe for a while. But Brett Cowan,was also safe for a while on protection, till he dropped his guard and got his right whack. with a hot water kettle. I know if I was still a screw, I would be looking the other way. These coward murdering and rapist turds should not get prison protection and the best of expensive gym weight training equipment to work out on. The scumbags low lives in protection solitary, should only get a sledge hammer and a large pile of rocks to get their daily prison exercise.
    All these dirt bag new crim violent murderers and incest rapists should locked away in the worst possible prison conditions to rot in hell. Are I forgot, there are no old tough condition jails left in Australia. Should of never closed down the old Boggo Road Jail. Queensland’s harsh old Boggo Road would have been ideal as protection jail to hold these modern day shit stains, for the evil that they have committed on vulnerable powerless victims. The murdering and sex offending animals would then be wishing themselves to receive the death penalty or committing suicide in jail, if they had to endure the old Boggo Road hellish prison conditions.
    Their defence lawyers will put to the accused maggots court trial the usual bleeding hearts, sob story to the sentencing judge for a prison discount in the modern protection jail.
    It would be all so much easier to just throw these mongrels to the wolves, into a mainstream, general population non-segregation prison. and just let the hardened criminal serve poetic justice on these cowards, just like was the culture in the older jails. These shitheads don’t deserve to get high protection segregation cells in jail. To sum it all up. Just as well for them all inside, I’m not a sentencing judge or the Governor of an Australian Jail. All these worst crims would get from me is rolls and rolls of razor wire and concrete, stale bread and water, overcrowded cells, no protection and only a sledge hammer for their daily exercise. Bring back the Panopticon designed prison or penitentiary for housing in lockup for life all these arseholes like the above killer, sex offenders. Show no mercy on them!!!

    For those that don’t know what a prison panopticon solitary exercise yard is from the old days in Australia. Below is some links to pictures of them. ~~~ This is what the worst criminals in today’s luxury modern built jails should be having to endure as punishment for their horrible crimes on victims… As once was the norm for the worst criminals in Australia…

    :Images for panopticon pentridge — Many Pictures on Google…from my own wordpress blog site…Early Australian Prisons in Pictures.
    :H.M.PENTRIDGE PRISON & CRIM… – Picture A DIVISION PENTRIDGE SOLITARY EXERCISE YARDS – Circa 1920.

    :H.M.PENTRIDGE PRISON & CRIM… – Picture C.DIVISION IN 1967, DEMOLISHED IN 1973 AND OPENED AT PENTRIDGE SQUARE,…

    :Topic: Archaeologists dig major new find at Pentridge Prison. – Picture Circa 1920.

    :Prison Punishment / Ergo – ergo.slv.vic.gov.au – Engraving of prisoners in Pentridge wearing hoods as punishment.

    :Punishments in the 1800s – eddie 1800s.blogspot.com – Picture The Penal Establishment at Pentridge-The Silent System… Hooded Prisoners saluting to the warders…

    :Alone, but Closely Watched – Archaeology- Australia-Prison-Yard-Panopticon – http://www.archaeology.org

    :Old Melbourne Gaol – Panopticon – Rare Picture taken 1922 – http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e … I_1922.jpg

    :Pentridge Prison – bay 93.9 Geelong – http://www.bay939.com.au – Pentridge Fact – Did you know? – After a hanging the hangman would be charged with murder but was pardoned soon after soon after by the Governor…

    :Discipline and Punishment , Panopticon /… – Interior view of Illinois State Penitentiary – Panopticon structure. – Foucault.info – Search by image

    :Real-Life Panopticons: Deserted Dys… weburbanist.com

    :Panopticon – Wikipedia, the free enc… – Picture – Elevation, section and plan of Jeremy Benthem’s Panopticon penitentiary, drawn by Willey Reveley, 1791. – en.wikipedia.org.

    :File:StateLibQld 1 115172 Aerial vie… – Ariel view of Boggo Road Jail, Dutton Park, Brisbane.

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  8. “ALLEGED KILLER’S ONLINE ACCUSATIONS ”

    RICK THORBURN accused people of hiding Tiahleigh Palmer and begged for information on her whereabouts in the days after he allegedly killed her and dumped her body.

    For days, the man now charged with murdering his 12-year-old foster daughter ,drove the streets in search of her, documenting his progress on a popular local Facebook page.

    “If any of her friends are hiding her again, please do the right thing and let us know. She needs to come home where she belongs,” Mr Thorburn wrote on the night Tia was reported missing.

    The 56-year-old told police he had driven Tia to Marsden State High on the morning of October 30, 2015, and watched as she walked towards the gate.
    When she didn’t make it home, he contacted her mother and the two spent days searching the Logan area for her.

    But police now believe Mr Thorburn smothered Tia the night before, after discovering his son Trent Thorburn had sexually abused the schoolgirl.

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  9. So much for that bitch of a foster mother she didnt take care of her she had a duty of care and allowed the male members of her family to abuse this child I would love to get my hands on the C U Next Tuesday.

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    1. The mother should have done something and should be punished for that but women are not responsible for male violence. I find it interesting that you direct more rage at a woman caught up in a situation not of her own making than you do at the men who sexually assaulted and murdered her. Very odd.

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  10. Hey Chris, thats great news one of many bashings, the revolting pedophile he sure made his choice theres no turning back now. Its a worry Im starting to wonder why there are so many evil scum in my country I know its all over the world but shit these sick bastards are not on the poverty line its middle class shit that are murdering and abusing the vunerable. Is it a gliche in the DNA gene pool that decides to commit an evil act. Not even caring about the consequences. This country has bred some filth and cruel scum throughout the decades and I dont see it improving.We can only hope all the family suffer and their lives are a living hell. They dont deserve to breathe.

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  11. What an ugly pathetic family Trent Thornburn looks like Adrian Bayley a narcissistic freak. Someone should give them each a gun in an isolated room and say play with that. Looks like old Rick could pull the trigger on himself quite easily. Suffocating a child and dumping her in a river for him was easy.

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  12. Hi to Robbo I really want to know where else this family lived and cared for other children. Have they always been in Qld or are they Nsw or Vic. What if they have left a trail that no one is really looking at?? But is right in plain sight?

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    1. Food for thought there hope they do some cross checking on this. Waiting for that backpacker at sandr creek trial to start. Has all the similarity to the Falconio case. Could be very interesting cos his complete profile matches. Good chance they got it wrong.

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  13. I believe friends and acquaintances of the Thorburns know a bit more than they are telling . I hear Julene is using the battered wife syndrome but defending sicko Rick elsewhere , I personally believe these lot made a family pact when it started to get hot as no one but Julene and Josh talking about this . I’m guessing the father son duo behind bars won’t until the other 2 no doubt walk away with good behaviour bonds for rolling on the other pair . I’m guessing then Trent will apply for bail …. So to all of the people that know them and know bits and pieces might be time to call police and hopefully they will all get dealt with better than I think this will play out . I fail to believe all of the Thorburns had no idea Rick had murdered her …. Julene had no idea ? Oh I think she started the chain of events Tiahleigh told her about Trent ( and you don’t do that if you have a crush ) and she told Rick and the only way to shut her up was to kill her … But then again was there more was it only Trent ? I’m thinking there’s more to this saga as murdering someone is a drastic thing to do , help me out here people ….

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