1. Vincent Stanford’s chilling search history on ‘how to rape and kidnap a bride’ revealed.
School cleaner Vincent Stanford will be sentenced today for the murder of NSW teacher Stephanie Scott.
Yesterday Stanford’s sentence hearing was shown his videotaped confession in which he calmly detailed how he attacked the 26-year-old Leeton drama teacher with his fists and a knife before burning her body in bushland.
Stanford told detectives he felt like he ‘had’ to kill Ms Scott, and said ‘I think I went a little nuts’.
The court heard that Stanford had previously made a series of online searches in relation to the rape and kidnap of a bride.
Fairfax Media reports that on February 21, 2015, two months before he murdered Stephanie Scott, Stanford searched the phrase “bride rape” and then “bride kidnapping”.
“The search histories from the offender’s phone and computer reveal the offender very regularly searched in relation to violent rape, violent sex, hard-core porn and murder,” the agreed statement of facts tendered to the court read.
“He also conducts searches in relation to necrophilia and ‘necro rape’.”
The search terms that followed referred to the sexual assaults of brides.
Crown prosecutor Lee Carr said that Stanford had thoughts of killing people since the age of seven or eight and said that he should receive a life sentence.
2. Mother of Stephanie Scott says that Stanford’s behaviour should have raised red flags.
Mrs Scott told the court in her victim impact statement that Stanford “broke the rules” where he worked at six different schools and a TAFE and got away with it.
“Within less than a week he had begun flouting rules, and was not challenged. There were many behaviours that should have raised red flags; his behaviour in the community was also anti-social at best.”
His “arrogance” was so high he felt he could do whatever he pleased – even turning up at Leeton High that Easter weekend when he shouldn’t have been there, Mrs Scott said.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Stanford had alarm codes to the school and he switched the alarm off and on himself. The court heard he was seen around the school at times he wasn’t supposed to be there and in areas he didn’t need to be.
“He was seen in around the girls’ toilets during lunch breaks including when the girls were in the toilets. There was an occasion when he was entering the girls’ toilet, at a time he had no reason to be at the school,” the facts read.
3. Chilling testimony from the trial of Gable Tostee who told Warriena Wright after she begged to go home: “I would, but you’ve been a bad girl.”
A witness has described how he heard Warriena Wright beg to go home just minutes before she plunged to her death from the balcony of Gable Tostee‘s apartment.
Nick Casey has told the Brisbane Supreme Court that he looked up to see Ms Wright hanging over Tostee’s balcony and yelled to her to climb back over.