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Killer's twin sold Stephanie Scott's rings

AAP logoAAP 23/08/2016 By Margaret Scheikowski

The identical twin of the man who murdered bride-to-be Stephanie Scott sold her rings, bringing even more heartbreak to her shattered family.

"These treasured little rings that had meant so much had become trophies," her mother, Merrilyn Scott, told the NSW Supreme Court sitting in the NSW Riverina town of Leeton on Tuesday.

"The vision of them being removed from Stephanie's gentle, loving hands sickens us and fills us with despair."

She was reading her victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing of Marcus Stanford, 25, who has admitted being an accessory after the fact of murder.

He sold Ms Scott's engagement ring and her graduation ring for $705 at an Adelaide jewellery store before they were "scrapped".

His school cleaner brother, Vincent Stanford, has admitted murdering and raping the popular 26-year-old teacher on April 5 last year, less than a week before she was due to marry Aaron Leeson-Woolley.

Ms Scott had gone to Leeton High School on Easter Sunday to make sure drama and English lessons were in place for her substitute while she enjoyed her Tahiti honeymoon.

Meanwhile, Vincent Stanford obtained a "rape kit" from his home and after Ms Scott told him "I'm going home now, have a happy Easter", he grabbed her and dragged her into a store room, according to the crown facts.

He sexually assaulted her, punched her and stabbed her in the neck with a large knife, before placing her body in the boot of her car.

Early the next morning, he drove the car to Cocoparra National Park, about 70km from the school, placed tree branches over her naked body, poured petrol onto them and set her alight.

He later exchanged numerous SMS messages with his brother, who lived in South Australia, and sent him an envelope that he wanted him "to keep safe" for him.

It contained the two rings Marcus Stanford sold and Ms Scott's driver's licence, which he said he burned after photographing, denying the pictures were taken as a trophy or a memento.

He used some of the $705 for his return flight from Sydney to Adelaide after visiting his brother on May 20, 2015.

Ms Scott's mother lamented the fact that her precious daughter's rings could never be returned.

"As instructed they were sold to the lowest bidder, an act so mercenary, so full of greed and so damning," Mrs Scott said.

"Even more callous and contemptible, the proceeds were used for a flight to visit Silverwater prison."

She also was distraught at the removal of her daughter's licence and the receipt of it by Marcus Stanford who, even after seeing her photograph, had "no sign of conscience" to help police.

"Stephanie represented all that is good about human-kind," she said.

"She possessed all the qualities we value, and was a source of pride, joy and inspiration to our family, her many friends and all who knew her."

Marcus Stanford will be sentenced on Wednesday by Justice Robert Allan Hulme, while his brother faces a sentence hearing in October.

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