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Scott family grief as killer plans appeal

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

Tributes have been flowing for Stephanie Scott's father as her killer Vincent Stanford plans to appeal his life sentence for murder.

Robert Scott, a retired teacher, was killed by a falling tree this week while clearing land on his Canowindra farm in the NSW central west.

The accident comes just three weeks after Mr Scott watched Stanford, the man who murdered his daughter, sentenced to life in jail in a court in Griffith.

Stanford's legal aid lawyers submitted a notice of intention to appeal the life sentence without parole in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal last week.

On Facebook, Mr Scott, 59, has been remembered as a true gentleman who made an enormous impact.

"Not only was he a great teacher and man, he was more of a mate. A man who was stern but so gentle in the same way, treated everyone equally and always went out of his way to support others in what dreams they were chasing or just little things they wanted to achieve," Jordi Bailey Brown posted.

Nikki Peters of Canowindra posted: "Bob, you were the best teacher I could have had. You always knew the right thing to do or say to put a smile on any ones face. You were an amazing man with a heart of gold ... Scotty, you will never be forgotten, at least now you can fly high with Steph!"

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