TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES: Brenden Bennetts’ parents leave Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.
TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES: Brenden Bennetts’ parents leave Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday. Inga Williams

Parents of Jayde Kendall's accused murderer 'struggling'

THE teenager accused of murdering Gatton schoolgirl Jayde Kendall is expected to apply for bail within two weeks.

Brenden Jacob Bennetts, 19, was charged with murder and interfering with a corpse after Jayde's body was discovered last week in a paddock at Upper Tenthill.

The discovery followed a 13-day search for the 16-year-old, who was reported missing on August 14.

Bennetts did not appear when his case was mentioned briefly in the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

His lawyer Brendan Ryan appeared on his behalf, along with Bennetts' parents who sat quietly in the back of the court.

The matter was adjourned until September 23 and the teen was remanded in custody.

Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall, whose body was found last week in a paddock at Upper Tenthill.
Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall, whose body was found last week in a paddock at Upper Tenthill. Contributed

 

Outside the courthouse, Bennetts' father was asked how he and his family were coping.

"You got kids?" Bennetts' father asked. When a journalist replied he did not, the father said: "Well then you won't know."

Mr Ryan said Bennetts would be pleading not guilty and would likely apply for bail within a fortnight.

In the meantime, Mr Ryan said the youth was being held in the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

He said his client was struggling with the situation.

"Unfortunately, he's learning at a very young age what a prison cell feels like," Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the murder case was also taking a toll on Bennetts' parents, who were "not doing well".

"They are very low and losing weight before my eyes and it's only been a couple of weeks," he said.

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"When I speak to them they continue to extend sympathy and compassion for the Kendall family and I think we all feel the same way.

"These people are good community members who have been struck down by the tragedy, both for the Kendall family and their own family."

Mr Ryan described his client's case as "complex".

"There are a lot of issues that have already arisen during the course of the police investigation that I'm now privy to," he said.

"I anticipate, like all murder cases, not only is it complex but it will be complicated by different strands of evidence that will come in." Police have made an application to carry out more forensic tests on Bennetts' car in a hunt for more evidence.


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