Stephanie Scott's killer to appeal, as family grieves dad

THE man convicted of murdering New South Wales schoolteacher Stephanie Scott may appeal his life sentence, as the Scott family grieves the accidental death of Stephanie's father Robert this week.

Lawyers for Vincent Stanford have told the courts they intend to appeal the sentence handed down to the 25-year-old, which included no chance for parole.

Stanford was convicted of killing Ms Scott last month by Justice Robery Hulme.

Stanford raped and murdered the Leeton High School teacher before torching her remains.

She was killed only days before her wedding.

Merrilyn and Bob Scott, parents of Stephanie Scott, deliver a statement after their daughter's killer is sentences to life in prison.
Merrilyn and Bob Scott, parents of Stephanie Scott, deliver a statement after their daughter's killer is sentences to life in prison. Alexia Purcell

It is more bad news for the Scott family, who have been left reeling after Ms Scott's father was fatally crushed by a falling tree.

Mr Scott was clearing land on his farm in the state's central west when he was struck and killed on Tuesday.


Stephanie Scott's father killed by falling tree

THE family of Stephanie Scott has been dealt another tragic blow.

Ms Scott's father Robert Scott was killed after being hit by a falling tree.

Police report his body was found on Tuesday morning on a farm in central west New South Wales.

Inquiries suggest he was hit by the tree while clearing trees a property on Nanami Road, near Canowindra.

Emergency services were called to the farm at midday on Tuesday following reports a man had died.

Mr Scott's death comes less than three weeks after his daughter's killer Vincent Stanford was sentenced to life in prison for her rape and murder.

>> Stephanie Scott's killer sentenced for murder of teacher

Flanked by supporters, Mr Scott and his wife Merrilyn spoke to waiting media outside the Griffith Supreme Court, following the sentencing on October 13.

Mrs Scott had said so much had been taken away from them.

"We need to be able to fade from public view, to mourn our beautiful girl and work our way through our grief."

After Stanford was arrested for Ms Scott's murder, Mr Scott told The Daily Telegraph when one dies their spirit is what goes on.

"I don't know what happens really, but you leave this body and our spirit is what goes on."

He said Ms Scott had plenty of spirit.

"So, whatever happens, she should be in the best place possible because she had one of the best spirits you've ever come across." 

Following the news of Mr Scott's death, there has been an outpouring of grief for his widow and her family.

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