Lawyer of accused murderer speaks outside Ipswich Courthouse

Kendall murder accused to apply for bail in two weeks

UPDATE 10AM: The lawyer of the teenager accused of murdering Lockyer Valley District High School student Jayde Kendall said his client would likely apply for bail within two weeks.

Brenden Jacob Bennetts, 18, did not appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning to face allegations of murder and interfering with a corpse.

Bennetts' lawyer, Brendan Ryan appeared in his stead, along with the teenager's parents who sat quietly in the back of the court.

The matter was adjourned for a committal callover on 23 September.

Speaking outside the courthouse, Mr Ryan said Bennetts was currently being held in the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre - a remand centre for those without bail.

He said his client would be defending the serious charges and anticipated that he would make an application for bail within a fortnight.

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Mr Ryan said Bennetts' parents were "not doing well in the circumstances".

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

"When I speak to them they continue show sympathy and compassion for the Kendell 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."

Jayde Kendall's body was discovered last week in a paddock at Upper Tenthill.

It followed an almost two-week long search for the 16-year-old who was reported missing on August 14.

 

Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall.
Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall. Contributed

9AM: The man accused of murdering Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall will appear in court this morning.

Brenden Jacob Bennetts, 19, was arrested and charged over the 16-year-old's death last week after her body was discovered in a paddock at Upper Tenthill.

It followed an almost two-week long search for the teenager who was reported missing on August 14.

It will be the second time Bennetts appeared in court after a brief mention in Brisbane Magistrates Court last Friday.

He has been charged with one count each of murder and interfering with a corpse.

His lawyer, Brendan Ryan, indicated his client would plead not guilty to the charges.

The case is expected to be heard in the Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning.

 


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