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Murder accused lied to cops after Jayde’s disappearance

Jayde Kendall, 16.
Jayde Kendall, 16. Contributed

UPDATE: MURDER accused Brenden Jacob Bennetts told a detective neither he nor his friends "had any clue" about what happened to 16-year-old Jayde Kendall after she went missing.

The Gatton schoolgirl went missing on Friday August 14, 2015. This week, 21 year-old Mr Bennetts pleaded not guilty to murder.

But he did plead guilty to interfering with a corpse, and to manslaughter.

The Crown rejected the manslaughter plea, so the murder trial is proceeding at Brisbane Supreme Court.

After Jayde disappeared, a homicide detective called Mr Bennetts on August 18 at 3.48pm.

By this time, Jayde's disappearance had featured in news reports.

Mr Bennetts told the detective he had not seen Jayde since Thursday, August 6.

"Nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary," he added.

In a phone call played to the courts, Mr Bennetts was asked if he called or texted Jayde since then.

Mr Bennetts said he didn't "think so" and added: "We weren't really close."

 -NewsRegional

EARLIER: THE last day she was seen alive, Jayde Kendall was asked to start work one hour early.

But she told her manager she had school assignments to do, and that was the last her boss heard from her.

16 year-old Jayde went missing on Friday August 14, 2015.

This week, 21 year-old Brendan Jacob Bennetts has pleaded not guilty to murdering the Gatton schoolgirl.

But he did plead guilty to interfering with a corpse, and to manslaughter.

 

Brendan Bennetts has been charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse by interfering. Photo Contributed
Brendan Bennetts has been charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse by interfering. Photo Contributed Contributed

The Crown rejected the manslaughter plea, so the murder trial is proceeding at Brisbane Supreme Court.

Colleagues and managers from the McDonald's restaurant in Gatton gave evidence at the trial on Tuesday.

"I really wish you would of come in. We are missing you," manager Maria Nemeth wrote on a private Facebook group for restaurant staff two days after Jayde disappeared.

"She was a very bubbly, happy, talkative worker," Ms Nemeth told the court.

"She was always very reliable. She didn't ever no-show. She'd been asking for extra shifts because she bought a car and she was pretty keen on extra money."

Ms Nemeth said Jayde was unusually articulate for a teenager, capable of relating to people of all ages.

Jayde was entrusted with tasks including being a "hostess", which involved greeting customers and putting them at ease.

The body of Jayde Kendall, left, was still clad in her Lockyer High School uniform, and right, a sketch of accused Brenden Bennetts in court during the trial. Illustration: Travis D. Hendrix/AAP
The body of Jayde Kendall, left, was still clad in her Lockyer High School uniform, and right, a sketch of accused Brenden Bennetts in court during the trial. Illustration: Travis D. Hendrix/AAP

Another McDonald's manager told the court Jayde was a "keen worker", usually eager to pick up extra shifts.

She was rostered on to work from 5 to 9 that evening, but did not come

Her father Bruce Morrissey arrived at the time Jayde was expected to finish her shift.

"He came to pick her up and asked, was she ready? I told him she hadn't showed up," the manager said.

 

16-year-old Jayde Kendall
16-year-old Jayde Kendall Queensland Police / Supplied

Bridgette Muller, a teenager who was a colleague of Jayde's, was interviewed soon after August 14.

She said Jayde was an upbeat, hardworking person.

"She was always fun and happy to be around, never really unhappy, always wanting to work hard and get things done."

The trial before Justice Ann Lyons continues.

 

-NewsRegional

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