A second unimaginable tragedy struck the Scott family yesterday when Robert “Bob” Scott, the father of murdered schoolteacher Stephanie, reportedly died after being struck by a falling tree on the family’s farm.
Tributes have flowed for the NSW farmer who was found crushed on the family’s property in Canowindra around lunchtime, just three weeks after 25-year-old Vincent Stanford was sentenced to life in prison for the murder and sexual assault of his 26-year-old daughter.
“What more heartbreak does this loving family need to endure? I’m so very sorry for another tragic loss for you all,” Jennifer Lou wrote on Facebook page Rest In Peace Stephanie Scott.
Stephanie and Kim Scott. Source: Facebook
Hers was one of hundreds of messages of condolence that have been posed on the page since news broke of Bob's accident.
"Absolutely heart wrenching. Sending much love to the Scott family," Kim Stein wrote on Facebook, "you certainly do not deserve this."
The 59-year-old former school teacher was a well-loved member of the community after retiring as head teacher of Canowindra High School at the end of 2014 after 15 years.
"Whenever any of you think you might be feeling down, or going through some harship in your life, just imagine what some families have to endure," Cassie Stefanatti wrote. "Really puts life into perspective. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering."
Another woman, Annette Palmer, added that he had been "called home to be with his baby girl."
"So sad," she wrote. "Strength and courage to the loving family left behind to grieve."
Robert with his daughter, Kim, and wife, Merrilyn. Image: Facebook
Leeton Shire Mayor Paul Maytom offered his "sincere condolences" to the Scott family on behalf of the community yesterday.
"The family has suffered so much with the absolute tragedy that’s happened with Stephanie and now to have this," Mayton told reporters, according to the Daily Telegraph.
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