Convicted baby assassin Rick Thorburn has revealed for the primary time how he “thinks” he killed his foster daughter Tiahleigh Palmer nearly six years in the past, telling an inquest he “should have unintentionally suffocated her”.
The 12-year-old’s partially bare physique was discovered on the banks of a Gold Coast river in November 2015, but it surely was so badly decomposed a explanation for loss of life couldn’t be decided.
Virtually a yr later, Thorburn was charged together with her homicide and interfering together with her corpse.
He ultimately pleaded responsible in 2018, however he has by no means given police an account of what occurred the evening he killed her.
Throughout a Supreme Court docket sentencing listening to on the time, it was revealed Thorburn had murdered Tiahleigh after he found one in every of his sons had dedicated incest in opposition to her and it was feared she was pregnant.
Thorburn recounts 12yo’s last moments
At this time, within the coroners court docket, Rick Thorburn was referred to as to offer proof about Tiahleigh’s last moments.
Thorburn instructed the court docket he had a “breakdown” in jail about 12 months in the past and couldn’t recall occasions earlier than this time, however had discovered a observe he wrote throughout a session with a psychologist 4 years in the past and needed to learn it to the court docket.
“There’s been a number of hypothesis about the reason for Tia’s loss of life,” Thorburn instructed the court docket whereas sobbing.
“I used to be by no means given a possibility in court docket to offer an account.
“On the evening that Tia died, she and I obtained into an argument — she was messing about.
“She packed her bag and headed off down the driveway.
“I attempted to speak her round and get her to return again to the home and instructed her she was fooling around.”
‘I’m accountable for Tia’s loss of life’: Thorburn
Thorburn stated he put his arm round her however she started “struggling”.
“She began screaming at me and swearing at me — I instructed her to cease,” Thorburn instructed the court docket.
“She obtained worse so I put my hand over her mouth.
“I should have unintentionally suffocated her with my hand over her mouth and holding her so tightly round her waist.
“I do know that I’m accountable for Tia’s loss of life and it’s one thing I battle to reside with.
“I do know ‘sorry’ cannot take away the ache that it is induced lots of people, however I’m actually sorry.”
The inquest into Tiahleigh’s loss of life is ready down for 2 days and is anticipated to listen to from Thorburn’s spouse and two sons.
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