Tialeigh Palmer’s foster brother to be sentenced in court today

One of the foster brothers of slain Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer will be sentenced in a Logan court.

Joshua Thorburn, pleaded guilty in November 2016 to charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice, following the death of Tiahleigh in October 2015.

The 21 year-old is due to be sentenced at the Beenleigh District Court today.


The 12-year-old Marsden High student’s decomposing body was discovered on the banks of a northern Gold Coast river six days after she went missing.

Joshua’s father, 56-year-old Rick Thorburn, was charged with her murder, while his younger brother Trent was charged with incest as well as perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Tiahleigh’s foster mother, Julene Thorburn, is due to appear in the Beenleigh District Court for perjury and perverting the course of justice charges on August 17.

Tialeigh had been living with the Thorburn family at their Chambers Flat home, south of Brisbane.

Her biological mother Cindy Palmer has said she will continue to fight for justice for her daughter.

Tialeigh’s death has triggered a major review of the foster care system and blue card approvals, led by the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

That review is still underway, but an initial report has made 29 recommendations to improve responses for out-of-home-care children who go missing, which the Queensland Government has promised to implement fully.