Rick Thorburn, murderer who killed Tiahleigh Palmer to cover up his son’s incestuous relationship, tries to take his own life in jail and is rushed to hospital
Rick Thorburn has tried to take his own life for the third time since he was found guilty of murdering 12-year-old schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer.
Thorburn, 63, was found unresponsive in his cell at Brisbane’s Wolston Correctional Center on Thursday morning.
He was attended to by nurses and stabilized at the scene before being taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
“The matter will be subject to standard internal investigation,” a Queensland Correctional Services spokesman said.
Thursday marks his third suicide attempt, Thorburn was also found unresponsive while behind bars in August 2022 and earlier in September 2020.
Rick Thorburn tried to take his own life for the third time after being found guilty of murdering 12-year-old schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer
Tiahleigh was killed in October 2015
Thorburn is serving a life sentence for the murder of Tiahleigh, who was his foster child.
He was motivated to kill Tiahleigh after learning that his youngest son Trent, then 19, was having an incestuous sexual relationship with her and believed he may have impregnated her.
Trent was sentenced to four years in prison for indignity, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice, but spent just 16 months behind bars.
Thorburn reported Tiahleigh missing on October 30, 2015, claiming he had dropped her off at school that morning, but she never entered the gates. Her body was found six days later on the banks of Pimpama River.
He also pleaded guilty to sexual offenses against a four-year-old and 11-year-old who were in his wife’s care at the home daycare she ran while they were also fostering Tiahleigh.
Queensland deputy coroner Jane Bentley found in her inquest report that Thorburn had shown no remorse for the 12-year-old’s murder.
He pleaded guilty to Tiahleigh’s murder, but claimed he accidentally suffocated her.
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