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Marcus Stanford to walk free in eight days

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 Daniel McCulloch

The twin brother of Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott's murderer is set to be freed from prison in just eight days after the NSW director of public prosecutions decided not to appeal his sentence.

Marcus Stanford, 25, was last week jailed for 15 months for disposing of evidence linking his brother to the bride-to-be's murder.

Stanford's sentence for being an accessory after the fact to the murder was backdated to when he was arrested on June 10 last year, meaning he will be released on September 9.

NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC announced on Thursday afternoon he had decided not to appeal the punishment.

"I have formed the view that there are no reasonable prospects of success against the inadequacy of the sentence," Mr Babb said in a statement.

The sentencing judge, Justice Robert Allan Hulme, said last week Stanford's decision to sell the murdered woman's rings was "utterly appalling, disgraceful and inexcusable".

However, Justice Hulme said the seriousness of Marcus Stanford's crime was in the low range for such offences, an assessment with which the prosecution agreed.

NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton, who asked the DPP to review the sanction, said she was deeply disappointed there would be no appeal.

"The circumstances surrounding the death of Stephanie Scott are truly horrible and have deeply affected her family, friends, local community and indeed more widely," Ms Upton said.

NSW Premier Mike Baird last week directed Ms Upton to explore "every possible action" she could take over the sentence, saying he did not think the punishment was appropriate.

"When there is a crime such as this we need the appropriate justice and certainly on what has been presented that doesn't seem to be the case to me," Mr Baird said at the time.

Stanford's twin brother, Vincent Stanford, attacked the 26-year-old teacher at Leeton High School, in the state's Riverina, on Easter Sunday 2015, days before she was due to marry her childhood sweetheart.

Vincent Stanford dragged her to a store room, sexually assaulted her and stabbed her in the neck.

The murderer removed Ms Scott's engagement ring given to her by fiance Aaron Leeson-Woolley, and a graduation ring from her mother, and sent them with her driver's licence in an envelope to his brother's Adelaide address.

Marcus Stanford sold the rings for $705 at an Adelaide jewellery store and burned the driver's licence.

Vincent Stanford has admitted raping and murdering Ms Scott and will be sentenced in October.

Leeton Shire Mayor Paul Maytom said the community was likely to feel "uncomfortable" with Marcus Stanford's sentence, considering his connection to such a horrific crime.

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