Posted: 1 November, 2016 by AAP

Father Of Murdered School Teacher Stephanie Scott Tragically Killed

Man killed by falling tree

The father of murdered school teacher Stephanie Scott has been killed by a falling tree.

Police were called to his Canowindra farm in the NSW central west about noon on Tuesday after his body was found earlier in the day.

The body has not been formally identified but is believed to be Robert Scott.

He was clearing trees on the property on Namami Road when one fell and crushed him.

Police say the family had been informed and were "besides themselves".

Stephanie Scott Photo: Supplied

The incident comes less than three weeks after his daughter's murderer, Vincent Stanford, was sentenced to life in prison for killing the teacher on Easter Sunday 2015.

Stanford, a school cleaner, confessed to murdering Ms Scott at Leeton High School, where they both worked, days before she was to be married.

He dragged her into a storeroom and attacked her with his fists and a large knife before dumping and burning her body 70km away in the Cocoparra National Park.

Mr Scott described his daughter as "the nicest lady you've ever met" at a memorial picnic held in April last year.

"Tragedies happen, we can't change that, we can't deal with it any better than we have," he said.

"We do know we had a great girl and we are going to continue to remember her for what she was."

Mr Scott stood by his wife Merrilyn's side outside court last month as she spoke about their beloved daughter.

"We need to be kind to ourselves and let the music and fun back in," she said on October 14, immediately after the sentencing.

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

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