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Rick Thorburn Sentenced To Life For Killing Tiahleigh Palmer

Foster Father Jailed For 20 Years

Rick Thorburn Sentenced To Life For Killing Tiahleigh Palmer PICTURED: Tiahleigh Palmer & Rick Thorburn

UPDATE: Rick Thorburn will spend at least 20 years behind bars for the murder of Logan schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer.

The 12-year-old's foster father was sentenced to life in Brisbane's Supreme Court on Friday after pleading guilty to the killing, and will not be eligible for parole until 2036.


It comes after more details from the night Tiahleigh was murdered were heard in the courtroom today.

She was killed sometime between 8-10pm on October 29, 2015 while the rest of the family was away from the house.


Her body was then hidden in a shed outside, before Mr Thorburn dumped it in the Pimpama River the following day.


Tiahleigh's remains were eventually found on the banks of the river six days later, with an autopsy unable to determine a cause of death.

Police eventually cracked the case thanks to an anonymous tip-off to Crime Stoppers on May 10, 2016, informing them of a family meeting about Trent Thorburn having sex with her.

EARLIER: The foster father of murdered Logan schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer has pleaded guilty to her murder.

Rick Thorburn fronted Brisbane's Supreme Court in front of a packed house on Friday, admitting to killing the 12-year-old in October 2015.


The 57-year-old murdered Tiahleigh after discovering his teenage son Trent had sex with her, with police alleging he carried out the crime to protect him.

The Logan schoolgirl's remains were found on the banks of the Pimpama River six days after she was reported missing.


Tiahleigh's mother Cindy Palmer has reportedly written a victim impact statement, while Thorburn is expected to be sentenced today.