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Dad's warning after Jayde's killer jailed

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September 14, 2017

A Queensland jury is deliberating its verdict in the murder trial of Brenden Bennetts.

A Queensland jury is set to resume deliberating a verdict in the trial of Brenden Bennetts for the murder of Gatton schoolgirl Jayde Kendall.

Over the past seven days the Brisbane Supreme Court has heard Bennetts admits to killing the 16-year-old in August 2015 but denies he intended to cause her death.

The 21-year-old did not testify or give any evidence in his defence at trial.

Defence barrister Michael Copley QC argued Jayde's death may have been the result of Bennetts' "foolish and dangerous" behaviour to apply force to her neck, something he had done in the past to sexual partners.

But prosecutor Vicki Loury QC said the then 18-year-old's actions afterwards were "out of proportion" to an accidental killing.

The jury had heard after leaving Jayde's body concealed in an isolated field, Bennetts withdrew $70 from her bank account at an ATM and repeatedly lied to police about his contact with her.

Bennetts also got rid of Jayde's belongings and deleted all messages linking him to the teenager on the afternoon she died.

"He let her family search for her in the vain hope she was alive," Ms Loury said.

"He was thinking he was clever, but little did he know those messages could be recovered."

The jury retired to deliberate at 4.15pm on Wednesday but were asked to not to return a verdict until after 10am on Thursday at the earliest.

Jayde's body was too decomposed to determine a cause of death when it was discovered, 13 days after she disappeared.

Bennetts has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder.

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