The foster father of murdered school girl Tiahleigh Palmer pleads guilty.
Rick Thorburn appeared visibly upset when he fronted Brisbane Supreme court on Friday, May 25 and pleaded guilty to several charges. When asked to formally enter the pleas to the counts of murder, interfering with a corpse, attempting to pervert the course of justice and two counts of perjury, he wiped away tears and said guilty.
This brings to a close a case that has captivated the nation for almost three years.
On November 5, 2015, Tiahleigh Palmer’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpana River. She had been missing for less than a week, with her foster family claiming that she had run away after her foster father, Rick Thorburn had dropped her off at school. However at trial it was shown that the girl had been murdered the night before the family claimed to have last seen her alive.
Already Thorburn’s wife and two sons have been jailed for the parts they played part in the girl’s murder.
Joshua Thorburn was sentenced to three months imprison on July 2017 for counts of perjury and perverting the course of justice. Trent Thorburn was jailed for up to four years for having sex with Tiahleigh and their moth, Julene was jailed for six months for perjury and for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Rick Thorbun is facing a sentence of twenty years according to the Brisbane Times for the girl’ murder. The girl’s biological mother was in court to see her daughter’s killer please guilty.