Tialeigh Palmer’s former foster mother and brother back in court

The former foster mother and brother of murdered schoolgirl Tialeigh Palmer will have their case return to court today.

Julene and Joshua Thorburn have been charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice, over the police investigation into the death of the 12-year-old.

Their lawyer previously indicated the pair intent to plead guilty, and have agreed to testify as witnesses for the prosecution.


Tialeigh’s foster father, Rick Thorburn, is alleged to have murdered the schoolgirl after discovering his other son Trent had sexually assaulted her and believed she was pregnant.

The 19-year-old has been charged with incest, perjury and perverting the course of justice.