Murdered schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster mum to spend 6 months in jail

UPDATE at 4:00 PM | JULENE Thorburn will spend the next six months behind bars for her role in lying to police about the murder of Logan school girl Tiahleigh Palmer.

Ms Thorburn, 55, was sentenced to 18 months jail, suspended after six months, in the Beenleigh District Court on Friday after pleading guilty to perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The prosecution told the court Ms Thorburn had helped her husband and two sons cover-up her foster daughter’s death in an effort to protect her family and lifestyle.


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The 12-year-old’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River in November 2015.

Tiahleigh’s biological mother, Cindy Palmer was in court for today’s sentencing. Speaking outside court, Ms Palmer said she doesn’t believe justice will ever be served.

FIRST at 7:30 AM | THE foster mother of murdered Logan school girl Tiahleigh Palmer is due to be sentenced today.

Julene Thorburn is expected to appear in Beenleigh District Court, charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Ms Thorburn’s son Joshua was sentenced to three months behind bars in July after being found guilty of the same charges.

Her younger son, Trent, was jailed for four years in September after being charged with perjury, incest and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Tiahleigh’s foster father Rick Thorburn has been committed to stand trial, charged with the school girl’s alleged murder.

The 12-year-old’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River in November 2015.