Foster father ‘suffocated’ Qld schoolgirl

< img src =""course=" ff-og-image-inserted "> A foster father who killed schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer claims he inadvertently asphyxiated her when she attempted to leave house after a disagreement. Convicted sex transgressor Rick Thorburn is offering a life sentence for the murder of Tiahleigh on October 29, 2015.

The 12-year-old’s body was discovered by three anglers on the banks of the Pimpama River on the Gold Coast on November 5, 2015.


Thorburn told an inquest in Brisbane on Tuesday that Tiahleigh walked down their driveway with a jam-packed bag after both had a disagreement.

He placed his arm around her to walk her back to your house.

When she battled he held her tighter, Thorburn told the inquest into Tiahleigh’s death.

Reviewing from a statement he claims he covered four years back when seeing a psychologist, Thorburn claimed he informed Tiahleigh to quit as well as place his turn over her mouth when she began howling and also swearing because it was late and also there was a neighbour close by.

He allowed Tiahleigh go when they reached the verandah and she fell to the ground.

He selected her up to put her on a seat, but she fell once more and also didn’t react when he spoke to her.

“Her eyes were closed and also I really did not think she was taking a breath,” Thorburn said.

“I need to have accidentally stifled her with my hand over her mouth and also holding her so firmly around her waistline as well as belly.

“I know that I am responsible for Tia’s death and it is something I have a hard time to cope with

“I understand sorry can’t take away the pain it has actually triggered a great deal of people, but I am truly sorry.”

Examined about the statement as well as various other information relating to Tiahleigh, Thorburn said he had no recollection.

“You can compose any kind of tale you such as,” he informed advise helping the coroner Kate McMahon.

“I do not provide a f ***.”

Tiahleigh’s household hope to obtain some responses from the two-day inquest prior to Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley that started on Tuesday.

Despite inner evaluations as well as criminal trials, no person recognizes what occurred to Tiahleigh in her final minutes, a pre-inquest hearing was told last month.

“(Thorburn) has pleaded guilty to her murder yet has never provided an account, either on vow or otherwise, regarding just how he killed her,” guidance assisting the coroner Kate McMahon stated during the hearing.

“One of the primary concentrates of this inquest will certainly be to see if anything more can be discovered that two-hour time period.”

Tiahleigh’s murder spawned two major reviews and caused stronger criminal look for individuals seeking to end up being foster carers or desiring Blue Cards to authorize them to work with youngsters.

In the hrs before Tiahleigh passed away, she had actually been to a hip-hop dancing class where she experienced tummy pains.

That exact same evening, Thorburn’s kid Trent confessed to his mother Julene that he ‘d made love with the schoolgirl and was afraid the belly discomforts were an indication she was expectant.

Thornburn and also his other half feared a pregnancy can mean Trent would certainly most likely to jail, according to earlier procedures.

That evening, the family– Julene, Trent and sibling Joshua headed out, leaving Tiahleigh house alone with Rick Thorburn for 2 hours.

She was never ever seen alive again.

Her body was so terribly decomposed when it was located– nude besides underpants– on the river financial institutions that authorities haven’t had the ability to determine just how she passed away.

Members of the Thorburn family were founded guilty of becoming part of the criminal offense– Rick Thorburn for the murder, Trent for incest, and also wife Julene as well as his other son Joshua for becoming part of an intricate whitewash.

Rick Thorburn was punished to 20 years in jail.

The relative are all expected to be called as witnesses throughout the inquest.

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