News

Was Tiahleigh Palmer pregnant the night she died?

Trent Thorburn
Trent Thorburn Facebook

TIAHLEIGH Palmer may have been pregnant at the time of her death, the Beenleigh Magistrates Court has heard.

On Wednesday the court heard the 12-year-old's foster brother, 19-year-old Trent Jordan Thorburn, was worried he had impregnated her.

It is alleged he confessed to his cousin in a message on Facebook that he had sex with Tiahleigh, and was concerned she was pregnant.

He was denied bail with the police prosecutor saying "if he is released on bail he will hinder and interfere with the murder investigation".

Prosecutors told the court Thorburn had "taken advantage of her as her big brother, and as a result her young life has been taken".

Tiahleigh Palmer's foster father has been arrested over the schoolgirl's murder.
Tiahleigh Palmer's foster father has been arrested over the schoolgirl's murder. 9NEWS

On Tuesday his father, 56-year-old Richard Neville Thorburn from Chambers Flat, was charged with her murder.

He was due to appear in court on Wednesday morning, but his lawyer revealed he was in an induced coma in the Princess Alexandra Hospital after collapsing on Tuesday afternoon.

Tiahleigh's foster mother, Julene Thorburn, 54, and oldest foster brother, Josh Thorburn, 20, were both charged with one count each of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Both Julene and Joshua Thorburn are due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on October 10.

On Tuesday Detective Inspector Damien Hansen addressed the media saying he expected Julene, Trent and Joshua Thorburn to be key witnesses.

The 12-year-old Marsden schoolgirl's body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River in November last year.

The suspicious death of 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer has shocked and devastated the Logan community.
Photo: Contributed
The suspicious death of 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer has shocked and devastated the Logan community. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Topics:  editors picks, logan, murder, tiahleigh palmer


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Learn the new anti-smoking laws or cop the fine

UP IN SMOKE: Noosa Council now has authority to ban smoking in any public area.

Smokers urged to learn new laws about where they can smoke

Thanks, but no thanks

STOP THE SUFFERING: Former volunteers at Sunshine Hospice protest their membership applications being refused.

hospice volunteers denied membership

Future for Cambodian kids shaped by Noosa gifts

The Cambodian school kids could do with some Noosa caring - and your old laptops.

Noosa asked to help poor students

Local Partners

Illegal campers ejected from bowls club car park

Security were called to remove the campers on Friday afternoon and will continue regular patrols of the Noosa Bowls Club car park.

Does Noosa have a problem?

BE AWARE: Alcohol-fuelled violence can happen anywhere.

New alcohol study targets Noosa

Learn the new anti-smoking laws or cop the fine

UP IN SMOKE: Noosa Council now has authority to ban smoking in any public area.

Smokers urged to learn new laws about where they can smoke

Thanks, but no thanks

STOP THE SUFFERING: Former volunteers at Sunshine Hospice protest their membership applications being refused.

hospice volunteers denied membership

Future for Cambodian kids shaped by Noosa gifts

The Cambodian school kids could do with some Noosa caring - and your old laptops.

Noosa asked to help poor students

Fresh bid for market in Cooroy

The Noosa Farmers markets are a model for the new Cooroy concept.

Cooroy markets pitch

MP and Mayor tuck into 'meaty issues'

Noosa MP Glen Elmes and Mayor Tony Wellington.

Noosa MP and Mayor's tasty meeting

Be fabulous with the Queens this long weekend

QUEEN BEE: Melony Brests brings you an evening of razzling, dazzling fabulousness this long weekend at the Noosa Arts Theatre.

Join local icon Melony Brests for a fabulous show this long weekend

Midnight Oil's Hirst can't get enough blues

BLUES LEGENDS: Backsliders.

AUSTRALIAN blues band Backsliders will play its only Queensland gig

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

6 top tips for getting approved for a rental property

Follow these top tips to better your chances.

Real estate agent shares what you can do to get approved to rent

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual