‘THE LINE OF LIFE AND DEATH IS SO CLOSE’
Accused killer’s disturbing posts
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.