Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster brother denied bail for incest charges

Published: 21 December 2016


Trent Thorburn, the foster brother of murdered schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer, has been denied bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court over incest, perjury and perverting the course of justice charges.

It’s alleged the 19-year-old had sex with his 12-year-old foster sister and held fears she may be pregnant.

His father, Rick Thorburn, is accused of murdering the school girl, allegedly to cover-up his son’s sexual involvement with an underage girl.

The pair were arrested in September, along with Trent’s mother and brother, who also face perversion of justice and perjury charges.

Trent Thorburn’s bail application, his second thus far, was denied by Justice John Bond on multiple grounds including concerns Thorburn may present a danger to children.

“I do note there is material… that suggests the alleged offending between the applicant and an under-aged girl with Tiahleigh is not the first occasion he may have been involved in that conduct,” Justice Bond said.

Outside court, Tiahleigh’s mother Cindy Palmer said, “It still brings me to tears every time I hear something… I’m just lucky I have support, I guess, because it’s not going to get any easier.”

Trent Thorburn has reportedly been bashed twice while behind bars at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre. 


(Trent Thorburn)