The Courier-Mail

‘THE LINE OF LIFE AND DEATH IS SO CLOSE’

Ac­cused killer’s dis­turb­ing posts

- SAM PHILLIPS

THE teenager ac­cused of mur­der­ing Gat­ton school­girl Jayde Kendall wrote about the guilt that would come from killing some­one and how the “line of life and death” was “so easy to go over” in Face­book posts.

The Courier-Mail has un­cov­ered a se­ries of posts writ­ten by 18-year-old Bren­den Bennetts (left), who was charged on Fri­day with mur­der and interferin­g with a corpse fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of Jayde’s body in a pad­dock at the end of a nar­row coun­try lane.

In one post, Bennetts, who con­sid­ers him­self an as­pir­ing writer, pon­ders “what death feels like”, the fragility of the hu­man body and find­ing out “how black my heart re­ally is”.

The Face­book posts also re­vealed con­ver­sa­tions with Jayde (inset) dat­ing back to Fe­bru­ary 2013, when she com­mented on one of his photos: “Oh my god, your eyes.”

In the first of a se­ries of sta­tus up­dates, Bennetts wrote about find­ing out “how black my heart re­ally is” when death greets him.

“In death there is no lie only what you’ve done in this life,” he wrote. “For when my time comes, when the mo­ment of truth comes down like the fist of iron, I will stand there and see what path I must take.

“For only then I will know how black my heart re­ally is.”

Nine days later on Jan­uary 27, 2012, he shifted his fo­cus to the hu­man body.

“The hu­man body is such a frag­ile thing the line of life and death is so close and also so easy to go over.

“The thing is can you live with your­self if you do make some­one go over?”

About a month later, Bennetts pon­dered “what death feels like” be­fore adding: “Feel­ing your­self fall into noth­ing or what the light of god or the fires of hell.”

On Fe­bru­ary 22, 2013, Jayde took to his pro­file pic­ture to com­pli­ment his green eyes be­fore she ex­plained the con­cept of Face­book chat two months later.

“I don’t think you un­der­stand the con­cept of ‘Face­book chat’ al­low me to ex­plain how it works,” she wrote.

“Some­one ‘in­boxes’ you a mes­sage, you look at that mes­sage, then, as so­cial con­ven­tions dic­tate, you re­ply, this is re­peated nu­mer­ous times un­til one of the par­tic­i­pants in the con­ver­sa­tion says their good­byes.”

Jayde was last seen leav­ing school on Au­gust 14 at 3.15pm, where a wit­ness ob­served her get­ting into Bennetts’ red Toy­ota Corolla,

A red car match­ing his was al­legedly cap­tured on CCTV near the place where her body was found.

Jayde’s body was found i in a pad­dock at Up­per T Tenthill, 17km from G Gat­ton.

Bennetts has been c charged with Jayde’s murd der and will ap­pear in Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day.

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