Shocking details surrounding Tiahleigh Palmer’s death heard in court

The son of Tiahleigh Palmer’s accused killer has been refused bail.

The 19-year-old appeared in Beenleigh Magistrates Court today, charged with two counts of perjury and one count each of attempting to pervert the course of justice and incest.

The court heard there were fears Tiahleigh may have been pregnant.


His 56-year-old father was also due in court this morning, however the accused’s lawyer revealed his client was in an induced coma after reportedly collapsing in custody on Tuesday.

The teen has been remanded in custody with his case adjourned until November 9.

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman revealed at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that a 6-month review will be launched into Queensland’s foster and blue card system.

“I want to reassure Queenslanders that while we have strict approval processes in place for foster carers and Blue Card holders, we will do everything we can to strengthen and improve the systems,” the Minister said.

Ms Fentiman said there is already significant work under way as a result of this tragic case.

“All relevant agencies have cooperated fully with the ongoing police investigation and the top priority now is getting justice for Tiahleigh,” she said.


A 54-year-old woman and 20-year-year-old man are due in court on October 10, each charged with one count each of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Tiahleigh was last seen at Marsden State High School around 8.10am on October 30, 2015. Her body was discovered on the banks of the Pimpama River six days later on November 5, 2015.