A new twist in the case of the Queensland foster family charged over the death of Tiahleigh Palmer has seen the family split.
Julene Thorburn, 54, and her son Josh, 20, both charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice will plead guilty and will now act as witnesses for the prosecution.
“Albeit late, they are now giving their complete co-operation to the police investigations,” their lawyer Jason Jacobson said, according to The Guardian. “They’ve now taken the step of being prosecution witnesses to give evidence about everything they know, so you can take it from that that theirs very much is a family divided.”
Rick Thorburn, 56, has been charged with murder, while the couple’s youngest son faces incest charges for having a sexual relationship with Tia.
Tiahleigh lived with the family for 10 months before her murder, and her body was found a week after she went missing, on November 6.