Posted: 2 November, 2016
Vince Stanford Appeals Life Sentence Over Stephanie Scott Murder
Stephanie Scott’s killer Vincent Stanford intends to appeal his life sentence as the slain teacher’s family comes to grips with the death of her “wonderful, gentleman” father Robert Scott from a freak farm accident.
Stanford’s legal aid lawyers submitted a notice of intention to appeal the life sentence without parole in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal last week.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Mr Scott, a retired teacher, was killed by a falling tree on Tuesday while clearing land on his Canowindra farm in the NSW central west.
The death also comes less than three weeks after Stanford was sentenced to life in prison for killing the Ms Scott, also a teacher, on Easter Sunday last year.
Stanford, a school cleaner, confessed to murdering her at Leeton High School, where they both worked, a week before she was to be married.
Mr Scott, 59, is being remembered in social media tributes as a true gentleman who made an enormous impact on many lives.
“Not only was he a great teacher and man, he was more of a mate. A man who was stern but so gentle in the same way, treated everyone equally and always went out of his way to support others in what dreams they were chasing or just little things they wanted to achieve,” Jordi Bailey Brown posted on Facebook.
Mr Maytom told ABC radio the close-knit community rushed to support Stephanie’s fiance Aaron Leeson-Woolley, who is be shattered by the news.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for the Scott family.