The Courier-Mail

Al­leged killer’s lawyer ‘con­fi­dent’

- TOM SNOW­DON

PO­LICE will have the next six days to con­tinue foren­si­cally test­ing the car of the school friend ac­cused of mur­der­ing Gat­ton teen Jayde Kendall.

In their search for fur­ther ev­i­dence, po­lice made another crime-scene war­rant or­der on Thurs­day to re­tain Bren­den Bennetts’ red Toy­ota Corolla for a fur­ther seven days.

The 18-yearold (pic­tured) was charged with the high school stu­dent’s mur­der af­ter her body was dis­cov­ered on a prop­erty about 17km south­west of Gat­ton.

In a brief court men­tion in Ip­swich yesterday, de­fence lawyer Bren­dan Ryan had the mat­ter pushed for­ward to com­mit­tal callover, where it is ex­pected his client will plead not guilty.

Jayde was last seen en­ter­ing a red hatch­back out­side Lock­yer Val­ley High School in Gat­ton at 3.15pm on Au­gust 14. The 16year-old’s dis­ap­pear­ance trig­gered a mas­sive 13-day search that dom­i­nated head­lines for over a week.

Fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the body, it emerged a red Toy­ota Corolla was cap­tured on CCTV trav­el­ling away from the crime scene to­wards Gat­ton at 5.06pm on the day she went miss­ing.

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case said two with­drawals were made from Jayde’s ac­count later that day at 5.45pm and 5.47pm.

Out­side court, Mr Ryan told media he planned to ap­ply for his client’s bail within the next two weeks, adding he was con­fi­dent of suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing the charge.

“I can tell you he will be en­ter­ing a plea of not guilty when this mat­ter ul­ti­mately comes be­fore the Supreme Court for trial,” Mr Ryan said.

Bennetts’ par­ents, who were in court yesterday, said peo­ple would be un­likely to un­der­stand what they were go­ing through un­less they had chil­dren of their own.

Mag­is­trate Donna McCal­lum ad­journed the mat­ter un­til Septem­ber 23.

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