Convicted intercourse offender Rick Thorburn is serving a life sentence for the homicide of Tiahleigh on October 29, 2015
A foster father who murdered Gold Coast schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer has exploded at a coroner’s inquest, telling the listening to to ‘go f**okay your self’.
Rick Thorburn claimed he by chance suffocated his 12-year-old foster daughter when she tried to go away residence after an argument.
However an skilled police detective says he struggles to consider the account supplied by the convicted intercourse offender and youngster killer, an inquest heard on Tuesday.
There was much more weird scenes outdoors the Coroner’s Courtroom sitting in Brisbane on Tuesday, when Thorburn’s spouse Julene modified garments and placed on a wig to try to keep away from the media scrum ready outdoors.
Thorburn is serving a life sentence for murdering Tiahleigh on October 29, 2015.
Tiahleigh’s badly decomposed physique – bare aside from underpants – was discovered by fishermen six days in a while the banks of the Pimpama River, in a horrific crime that shocked the nation.
Thorburn sobbed whereas studying a one-page assertion he mentioned was written about 4 years in the past.
A foster father who murdered schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer (pictured) says he by chance suffocated her when she tried to go away residence after an argument
Cindy Palmer (left) arrives at Brisbane Coroners Courtroom for an inquest into the dying of her daughter who was murdered by foster father Rick Thorburn
However when questioned concerning the admission, additional particulars and different allegations, Thorburn mentioned he had no recollection.
‘You may make up any story you want,’ he instructed counsel helping the coroner Kate McMahon whereas threatening to ‘f**king stroll out,’ information.com reported.
‘You may go f**okay yourselves,’ Thorburn instructed the inquest when his confession was questioned.
Requested when he dug up the assertion, Thorburn mentioned it was a couple of month in the past when instructed he was to attend the inquest.
He had a handwritten authentic of the typed model handed into the inquest, however mentioned he threw it away on the morning of Tuesday’s proceedings.
Questioned why, he mentioned: ‘That is the tip of it. I do not want it anymore.’
Thorburn mentioned he had no recollection of being instructed by his spouse Julene on the day Tiahleigh died that his son had had intercourse with the 12-year-old.
However Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Knight – who was concerned within the investigation – believes Thorburn’s account of by chance killing Tiahleigh is not according to data obtained by investigators.
‘It does not sit properly with me, what I heard earlier at the moment, by way of these circumstances,’ he instructed the inquest.
‘I battle to consider that.’
Trent Thorburn (pictured) arrives on the inquest. He admitted to his mom he had intercourse with Tiahleigh earlier than her dying and was involved her abdomen aches meant she could also be pregnant
Julene Thorburn, spouse of Rick and mom of Trent, was additionally in attendance on Tuesday sporting a weird wig outdoors court docket
Tiahleigh’s household hope to get some solutions from the two-day inquest earlier than Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley.
Regardless of inner evaluations and legal trials, nobody knew what occurred to Tiahleigh – who had been within the Thorburns’ take care of about 10 months – in her closing moments, a pre-inquest listening to was instructed final month.
Though Thorburn pleaded responsible to her homicide, he had by no means earlier than given an account as to how he killed her.
Within the hours earlier than Tiahleigh died, she had been to a hip-hop dance class the place she complained of abdomen pains.
That day, son Trent Thorburn confessed to his mom that he’d had intercourse with the schoolgirl and feared the abdomen pains have been an indication she was pregnant.
From 8pm that evening, Tiahleigh was residence alone along with her foster father for 2 hours.
She was by no means seen alive once more.
Trent and brother Joshua Thorburn instructed the inquest they understood Tiahleigh was killed due to the sexual encounter.
The 12-year-old’s physique was discovered by three fishermen on the banks of the Pimpama River on the Gold Coast on November 5, 2015
The relations are all anticipated to be known as as witnesses in the course of the inquest
Trent was sentenced to 4 years in jail for incest, perjury and making an attempt to pervert the course of justice.
A considerable amount of his sentence was served in solitary confinement, after he was subjected to vicious assaults by different inmates.
Trent was allowed to stroll free after simply 16 months behind bars.
Requested whether or not it was honest to say Thorburn killed the lady as a result of he feared his son would go to jail, Trent Thorburn mentioned he did not bear in mind his father saying that, however ‘that has simply been my general guess’.
‘He is my father and I consider that he would do something to guard his household,’ Trent Thorburn added.
Julene Thorburn instructed the inquest her husband by no means mentioned how he killed Tiahleigh.
‘All he ever mentioned to me was… ‘what you are not instructed, you possibly can’t repeat’, so he by no means instructed me something across the circumstances of something on the evening,’ she mentioned.
Thornburn and his spouse feared a being pregnant might imply Trent would go to jail, in accordance with earlier proceedings
Tiahleigh’s household hope to get some solutions from the two-day inquest earlier than Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley that began on Tuesday
She mentioned Rick Thorburn was involved about their son going to jail, however when she returned residence on the day Tiahleigh died her husband merely mentioned the schoolgirl was not with the household.
Julene Thorburn mentioned the method had been ‘lengthy and drawn out’ for her household, however she was ready to reply any questions she might.
‘There’s not a day that goes by that I do not bear in mind every part about having Tiahleigh with us,’ she mentioned tearfully.
After the listening to she slipped into one other set of garments and placed on an odd crimson wig to throw off awaiting photographers and journalists outdoors court docket.
Members of the Thorburn household have been convicted of being a part of the crime – Rick Thorburn for the homicide, Trent for incest, and Julene and Joshua for being a part of an elaborate cover-up.
Rick Thorburn was sentenced to twenty years in jail.
Authorized groups are anticipated to make submissions to Ms Bentley on the ultimate day of the inquest on Wednesday.