Plea Rejected In Schoolgirl Murder Trial

Brenden Jacob Bennetts admits killing

4 September 2017


Brenden Jacob Bennetts has admitted killing Gatton schoolgirl Jayde Kendall but denies murdering the 16-year-old.

Bennetts pleaded not guilty to murder in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday but guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

He also pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse.

Bennetts, 21, was charged with killing Jayde after her body was found in a paddock, two weeks after she disappeared in August 2015.

Prosecutors rejected Bennetts' guilty plea to manslaughter, meaning he will still face a two-week trial for murder.

A jury is due to be empanelled on Monday morning.

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