Jayde Kendall murder accused to plead not guilty

MURDERED TEEN: Jayde Amanda Kendall.
MURDERED TEEN: Jayde Amanda Kendall.

A DATE has been set for a committal hearing for the man accused of murdering Gatton teen Jayde Amanda Kendall.

Lockyer Waters man Brenden Jacob Bennetts, 20, was charged with Miss Kendall's murder following the discovery of her body in a paddock last year.

He has also been charged with interfering with a corpse.

The Crown will present its evidence at the hearing on August 8 including all witness statements, exhibits and reports.

The defence will conced there is a prima face case for Bennetts to answer and the matter will be listed for trial in Toowoomba Supreme Court at a future date.

The Queensland Times understands Bennetts, who will appear in person at the hearing, will enter a not guilty plea to the charges at next month's hearing.

Bennetts' legal representative told Ipswich Magistrates Court this week the initial committal hearing set down for July 8 needed to be delisted.

He said there was a new disclosure recently and time was needed to consider the material ahead of the committal hearing.

Miss Kendall, 16, was last seen on August 14, 2015 getting into a red Toyota Corolla outside Lockyer District High School.

She was reported missing the following day, sparking a highly-publicised police search across the region.

Her body was found 13 days later, dumped in a paddock off Allens Rd, Upper Tenthill, following a tip-off to CrimeStoppers.

Bennetts has not applied for bail and remains in custody at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre at Wacol.

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