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Fellow prisoners 'want to kill' Tiahleigh's foster father

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 11/07/2018 Ehsan Knopf

The Queensland man convicted over the murder of his 12-year-old foster daughter Tiahleigh Palmer has been forced to move jails over concerns for his safety.

Logan resident Rick Thorburn was found guilty over Tiahleigh's murder and sentenced to life in prison in May.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Logan resident Rick Thorburn was found guilty over Tiahleigh's murder and sentenced to life in prison in May. Image: AAP © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Logan resident Rick Thorburn was found guilty over Tiahleigh's murder and sentenced to life in prison in May. Image: AAP He has since been transferred from Southern Queensland Correctional Centre in Gatton to Woodford Correctional Centre during the past month, the Courier Mail reports.

The transfer was initiated over concerns Thorburn would become "a victim of jail murder", a prison officer said.

Thorburn was said to have been in hiding in Gatton jail's safety unit and was on suicide watch for months in the lead up to the move.

a person in a car: Tiaghleigh Palmer’s murderer is understood to have moved jails for his own safety. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Tiaghleigh Palmer’s murderer is understood to have moved jails for his own safety. Safety units are cells that exist in isolation from other prisoners.

It is understood Thorburn will also seek refuge at a safety unity at the Woodford prison, prior to another shift to Wolston Correctional Centre.

a close up of a person © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Police said Thorburn killed his foster daughter in an attempt to conceal the fact his biological son Trent had sexually assaulted her.

He will be eligible for parole in 2036.

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