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Jayde remembered as beautiful and trusting

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September 14, 2017

Jayde Kendall's father and grandfather have remembered her for her beautiful nature.

Slain Queensland schoolgirl Jayde Kendall has been remembered as a beautiful, hard working young woman whose trusting nature may have been her downfall.

Brenden Bennetts was sentenced to life behind bars on Thursday after a jury took just four hours to find him guilty of the 16-year-old's murder.

Bennetts killed Jayde and dumped her body in field less than two hours after he picked her up after school on August 14, 2015.

His trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court heard the 18-year-old destroyed evidence and wove a web of deceit to cover up his crime, leaving Jayde's family hoping she was still alive until her body was discovered 13 days later.

Outside court father Bruce Morrissey, who raised Jayde alone after her mother died when she was seven, said his beautiful daughter's death was a "senseless waste".

"She was just kind and sweet in nature and she was very trusting," Mr Morrissey said.

"That could have been part of her downfall, being naive and trusting."

The trial had heard Jayde was a studious and mature girl who worked hard to get good grades so she could study psychology at university.

She also picked up extra shifts at McDonald's whenever possible to pay off her car.

Jayde was meant to start work at 5pm on the Friday she disappeared and had passed off an earlier shift in order to meet up with Bennetts.

Manager Maria Nemeth wrote on a private Facebook group on August 16: "I really wish you have come in. We are missing you".

Grandfather Denis Morrissey told the court on Thursday his family was serving a life sentence not being able to watch Jayde grow into a gorgeous and thoughtful young woman focused on her bright future.

"To know we can never have these times again tears our heart out," he said.

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