The teenager accused of killing Queensland schoolgirl Jayde Kendall is extremely depressed and agitated his lawyer says.18-year-old Brenden Bennetts was remanded in custody after a brief appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.
As he entered the dock in prison browns, Bennetts smiled at his mother and father who were both in court and sat quietly during his appearance.
His lawyer Brendan Ryan said he will plead not guilty to murder and will apply for bail in the Supreme Court in due time.
“I wish I was here in happier circumstances,” he said outside court.
“I know there will be a lot [of] speculation about what has occurred but the position is that there are circumstances behind what has occurred and a lot of circumstances are yet to be revealed.
“The police investigation is still limited. The police are still constructing their case.
“There is certainly a defence case to be made in this matter.”
Bennetts was the last person Jayde was seen alive with.
She had gotten into a red hatchback car with him after school two Fridays ago.
Mr Ryan said the two were friends.
“It was a limited acquaintanceship, but yes they were friends,” he said outside court.
“He’s extremely depressed, down, agitated. At the same time, he is extremely quiet and reserved.
“He has significant remorse for the family and friends of the family and his own family for the absolute tragic events that have taken over their lives.”