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Tiahleigh's Foster Brother Bashed In Jail As Crowd Cheers On

The foster brother of Tiahleigh Palmer, Trent Thorburn, has reportedly been bashed twice in jail where he has been since being charged with incest last week.

Thorburn, 19, was set upon at the south Brisbane Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre by prisoners in two separate incidents over the weekend, but he received only minor injuries, the Courier-Mail reports.

The paper claims inmates called him "pretty boy" and shouted "kill him" as they cheered his attackers on.

It's believed they are now encouraging each other to bash him on sight.

Thorburn's injuries aren't believed to be serious, however he has been described as having "no chance of defending himself".

Last week it was revealed in court that Thorburn thought he had impregnated the murdered schoolgirl.

Photo: Trent Thorburn

During the 19-year-old’s bail application it was alleged he'd confessed in a Facebook Messenger conversation with a cousin that he'd had sex with Tiahleigh and feared she might be pregnant.

Police also alleged he'd repeatedly lied during their murder investigation and was determined to do all he could to avoid a prison sentence for his alleged crimes.

Thorburn has been charged with incest, attempting to pervert the course of justice and perjury.

Thorburn's father Rick has been charged with the murder of 12-year-old Tiahleigh last October, while his mother and brother face perjury charges.

Photo: Rick Thorburn and Tiahleigh Palmer



October 30 - Tiahleigh is dropped off at Marsden State High School

November 5 - A missing person alert is issued hours before an unidentified body is found by fishermen on the banks of Pimpama River

November 7 - Body confirmed as Tiahleigh's, SES volunteers begin searching river

November 8 - Friends hold candlelight vigil

November 9 - Detectives question school friends

November 10 - River search resumes but police admit they have few answers; Queensland government vows to review response processes for missing children in state care

November 11 - Search upgraded to include land surrounding school

November 13 - Police set up Crime Stoppers marquee, believe Tiahleigh may have wagged classes

November 14 - Tiahleigh's funeral honours a "beautifully imperfect" girl

November 30 - Police divers return to search Pimpama River

December 4 - Search widened after Tiahleigh's shoe found; police release footage of classroom two days prior to disappearance


February 15 - $250,000 reward offered for information; more than 300 people contact Crime Stoppers

March 14 - Tiahleigh's biological mother Cindy makes public appeal to help find killer

March 23 - Police begin searching vacant house at Waterford West on Logan Reserve Road

July 11 - Queensland government announces new protocols on how authorities are to deal with children missing from out-of-home care in direct response to Tiahleigh's disappearance and murder

September 13 - Police seize a blue Ford Falcon XR6 they believe is linked to Tiahleigh's disappearance.

September 20 - Tiahleigh's foster father is charged with her murder; his wife and two males are also taken into custody.

Staff Writers with AAP; Photos: AAP

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