COURT TOLD OF SEARCH

Trial told the ac­cused searched Youtube

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - John Weekes John.weekes@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

MUR­DER ac­cused Bren­den Ja­cob Ben­netts al­legedly searched Youtube for the “best way to dis­pose of a body” the day be­fore teenager Jayde Ken­dall dis­ap­peared.

De­tails from his seized mo­bile phone were dis­cussed at the 21-year-old’s mur­der trial on Mon­day.

Neil Robert­son from Queens­land Po­lice’s elec­tronic ev­i­dence unit said anal­y­sis of the phone also found a contact called “Jayde” was last con­tacted at 3.20pm on the day she van­ished.

The last mes­sage, from Mr Ben­netts’s phone on Au­gust 14, 2015, sim­ply said “car”.

“Jayde” was con­tacted 13 times, but her contact de­tails were then deleted from the phone, Mr Robert­son said.

De­fence coun­sel Michael Co­p­ley asked Mr Robert­son whether Youtube con­tained con­tent “from the se­ri­ous to the silly, from the sin­is­ter to the hu­mor­ous, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween”.

Mr Robert­son agreed the web­site did, and po­lice could not de­ter­mine what, if any­thing, Mr Ben­netts looked at af­ter en­ter­ing the search term.

At Bris­bane Supreme Court, Mr Ben­netts, 21, has pleaded not guilty to mur­der but guilty to in­ter­fer­ing with a corpse and man­slaugh­ter.

The Crown re­jected the man­slaugh­ter plea, so the mur­der trial has gone ahead.

Mr Ben­netts’s move­ments on the day Jayde dis­ap­peared re­main in dis­pute.

Footage from Val­ley Ir­ri­ga­tion, on Gat­ton’s south-west fringe, showed a red hatch­back of the type Mr Ben­netts drove trav­el­ling west at 3.25pm, a po­lice de­tec­tive said on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The de­tec­tive claimed there were three pos­si­ble routes from there to Up­per Tenthill. One was south via Gat­ton Clifton Rd, the se­cond in­volved turn­ing left at Gran­tham, and po­lice claimed the third way was through Flag­stone Creek Rd.

Val­ley Ir­ri­ga­tion footage cap­tured a red hatch­back again at 5.21pm. At 5.48pm, CCTV footage showed Mr Ben­netts, his left hand up, lean­ing against a wall and cov­er­ing his face at an ATM.

Last week, homi­cide de­tec­tive Christo­pher Knight said Mr Ben­netts ini­tially de­nied the per­son in the footage was him but later changed tack, claim­ing Jayde gave him her PIN num­ber for petrol money.

The court on Mon­day was also shown drone footage of the area where Jayde, 16, was found on Au­gust 27, 2015. A few rows of trees sep­a­rated the dry, dusty fields in Up­per Tenthill, 13km south-west of Gat­ton, where Jayde went to school.

The trial con­tin­ues. See the Star web­site for up­dates.

PHOTO: FILE

ON TRIAL: Bren­den Ja­cob Ben­netts.

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