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Slain teacher's dad killed by falling tree

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Anna Hitchings

Tragedy has once again struck the family of murdered school teacher Stephanie Scott, as her father was killed by a falling tree on his farm.

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.

Mr Scott 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".

The incident has come 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.

Stephanie Scott's father, Robert Scott, at a memorial for the murdered teacher last year. © AAP Image/Marie Raccanello Stephanie Scott's father, Robert Scott, at a memorial for the murdered teacher last year. 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."

Friend Pauline Ann described Mr Scott in a Facebook post as "a tower of strength".

"May you fly high with your beautiful daughter Stephanie," she said.

Tributes have flown in for Mr Scott, a former industrial arts teacher, with many ex-students and others expressing their grief on social media.

"RIP Mr Scott. One of the best teachers I had at school! Can't believe this," former student Jordi Bailey Brown wrote on Facebook.

Another ex-student, Emily Rose Bermingham, described him as her "school mentor, my year advisor, my teacher, a family friend and not to mention my best friend".

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."

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