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Jayde Kendall accused to face trial

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016

A teenager accused of murdering Queensland schoolgirl Jayde Kendall will fight his case in the Supreme Court.

Jayde, 16, went missing in her hometown of Gatton on August 14 last year, sparking an exhaustive search and an ongoing appeal for information before her body was found in a paddock two weeks later.

Her school friend, Brenden Jacob Bennetts, has been charged with her murder and interfering with her corpse.

Bennetts, 19, appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court via video link from prison on Monday.

He was committed to stand trial on the charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty, in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

Outside court, Bennett's lawyer Brendan Ryan said he didn't believe the Crown had a strong case.

"They've got a prima face case - that just means on the face of the evidence it appears that my client may have committed this particular offence," he told reporters.

"At the end of the day they've got to prove their case, we don't have to do anything.

"All evidence is subject to interpretation by a jury and thank God we've got juries."

Bennett was charged after detectives found Jayde's body in a paddock in Upper Tenthill, about 17km from where she lived.

She disappeared after leaving Lockyer District State High School, where she was a student.

Her father raised the alarm after he went to pick her up from her part-time job at McDonald's and she wasn't there.

Bennetts remains in custody and a date for his trial is yet to be fixed.

Jayde Kendall, 16, went missing in her hometown of Gatton on August 14 last year. Her body was found in a paddock two weeks later. © AAP Jayde Kendall, 16, went missing in her hometown of Gatton on August 14 last year. Her body was found in a paddock two weeks later.
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