Jayde Kendall's accused killer vows to fight murder charge
THE teen accused of murdering Jayde Kendall is "extremely depressed" and plans to fight the charge.
Lawyer Brendan Ryan, acting for Brenden Jacob Bennetts, told media his client would apply for bail in the supreme court in the future and there would be a not guilty plea entered.
"I wish I was here in happier circumstances but unfortunately as of yesterday we all discovered that young Jayde Kendall had passed away and her body had been located," he said.
"I know there will be a lot of speculation about what has occurred, the circumstances surrounding the death of Jayde but the position is that there are circumstances that are behind what has occurred and a lot of circumstances are yet to be revealed.
"The police investigation is still limited, the police are still constructing their case.
"As you would appreciate there is always a defence case no matter what allegations might be made by the police and there is certainly a defence case to be made in this particular matter.
"He's extremely depressed, down, he is agitated and the same time he will be extremely quiet and reserved."
PHOTOS: TRIBUTES LAID FOR JAYDE KENDALL
Mr Ryan said Mr Bennetts was upset at what Jayde's family and his own family were going through.
"They are doing the best they can under the circumstances," he said.
"Any people with children, whether family of deceased or the family of my client, they are all caught up in an absolute tragedy.
Mr Ryan said Jayde and Brenden were friends but said it was a "limited acquaintanceship".
He said there was no set time for a bail application.
"The police in their bail affidavit have already identified the fact that they don't believe he would fail to appear and they don't believe he would commit further offences," he said.
"However they are objecting on other basis."
Mr Ryan said he was not surprised his client was arrested as they had already visited his home.
"I informed him he was a primary suspect and I believed the police would pursue him till they arrested him," he said.
TEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF JAYDE KENDALL
THE teen charged with murdering school friend Jayde Kendall in the Lockyer Valley did not enter a plea when he appeared in court.
Brenden Jacob Bennetts, 18, appeared briefly in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning after being charged late yesterday with murder and misconduct with a corpse.
Wearing a standard brown tracksuit, he immediately fixed his eyes on his mother, briefly smiling, talking to his lawyer Brendan Ryan as he entered the prisoners' dock.
Sergeant Scott Pearson told the court police sought a forensic procedure order, which usually refers to DNA, blood or bodily fluid tests. Mr Ryan did not object.
Mr Ryan asked for the case to be remanded to Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 4.
Magistrate Brownyn Springer adjourned the case.
Police charged Mr Bennetts, who will turn 19 on Monday, soon after finding the girl's body at Upper Tent Hill.
The discovery came after police asked farmers to check their properties for anything amiss, ending the family's 13-day wait to learn the fate of the missing teen.
Forensic investigators have set up an exclusion zone around the immediate area where her body was found.
Tributes for Ms Kendall have been flowing online since her death was confirmed.
The Help Find Jayde Facebook page posted: "Jayde impacted on the lives of all those who knew her because of her generous nature and kind soul.
"In light of this, today, Friday August 28, the community is encouraged to wear purple (Jayde's favourite colour) in memory of Jayde.
"If you don't have any purple attire to wear, simply wear something special - maybe a new piece of jewellery, new tie, new perfume or outfit #WearPurpleForJayde."
Queensland Police Detective Inspector Matt Howard told reporters the public and the red car, and the movements of the vehicle over the past 13 days, had proved critical to the investigation.
"Without a shadow of a doubt, without public assistance, we may not be standing here today.
"Members of the community, the information was invauable to us, and the family would also like to express their gratitude to you.
"Without your assistance, we would not be standing here today."