A MAN who blamed the death of a teenage girl on “foolish and dangerous” sex has been found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Brenden Bennetts, 21, initially pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 16-year-old Gatton school girl Jayde Kendall whose body was found dumped in a paddock on the outskirts of town in 2015.
The teen’s body was found 13 days after she and Bennetts had arranged to meet up for “secret sex” on August 14.
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During his 7-day trial in Brisbane’s Supreme Court, Bennetts’ lawyer said Jayde’s death was unintentional and instead the result of “foolish and dangerous” sex.
Bennetts lawyer told the court his client liked to strangle his girlfriends during sex and that Jayde died when sex between her and the accused went “horribly and rapidly wrong”.
The prosecution, however, claimed Bennetts had in fact intended to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to Jayde.
Instead of calling triple zero, the court heard how Bennetts instead texted Jayde’s bank card PIN to himself on the afternoon of the day she died and then shielded his face from an ATM camera as he withdrew money from her bank.
The prosecution also told the court how the 21-year-old disposed of Jayde’s personal belongings, including her phone, wallet and school bag, and deleted text messages linking him to her.
The 12 person jury was given the task of deciding whether or not Bennetts intended to kill Jayde.
They retired to deliberate on Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday afternoon they had a verdict – guilty of murder.
He was sentenced to life in prison and will not be eligible for parole until at least 2037.
— 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) September 14, 2017