Vincent Stanford sentenced to life for murder of NSW teacher Stephanie Scott

UPDATE: Former school cleaner Vincent Stanford has been sentenced to life behind bars for the brutal rape and murder of NSW teacher Stephanie Scott.

The 25-year-old was sentenced by Justice Robert Hulme in the Griffith courthouse in NSW.

During sentencing, the court heard that Stanford had stalked three other females, including a 12-year-old girl, prior to him killing Ms Scott.


It was also revealed that since the age of 7, Stanford had multiple thoughts about killing people he had met, however never acted on them until the day he saw Ms Scott alone at Leeton High school.

Justice Hulme said Stanford was a “very disturbed individual” who “clearly demonstrated a lack of emotion and remorse”.

Following the verdict, Ms Scott’s mother thanked police and prosecutors for working tirelessly to get justice for her daughter and asked the public to help celebrate, what would have been Ms Scott’s 28th birthday, by having a cup of tea and mint slice at 3.00pm.

“The past 18 months have been the most difficult and harrowing time, so much has been taken away from us. Stephanie has had everything taken away from her.”

“Stephanie embodied all that is good about human kind. She made a tangible difference to the lives of so many people.”

“Stephanie would want us to resume our lives. We need to be kind to ourselves and let the music and fun back in. We need to be able to fade from public view to mourn our beautiful girl and work our way through our grief. We will not be answering any questions, participating in any interviews or any programs in the future.”

“Tomorrow we begin to celebrate Stephanie’s too-short, amazing life. This should be her 28th birthday, the second one we celebrate without her. We will be having a cup of tea and a mint slice biscuit at 3. Please join us.”

Ms Scott vanished from Leeton High school on April 5 2015, just one week before she was due to marry her childhood sweetheart.

The 26-year-old’s burnt body was found in the Cocoparra National Park on April 10, five days after she disappeared.

Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.

EARLIER: The school cleaner who murdered and raped school teacher Stephanie Scott, will today learn whether he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison.

Stanford will return to the Griffith courthouse in southwest New South Wales this morning for his sentencing.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty in July to the aggrevated sexual assault and murder of Ms Scott on Easter Sunday 2015.

During a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, a report from a medical expert said Stanford revealed thoughts of killing people since a young age and has asked to be locked up for life.