School cleaner Vincent Stanford stalked a 12-year-old girl and another two women before he raped and murdered teacher and bride-to-be Stephanie Scott.
The Daily Telegraph reported the now convicted murderer followed the 12-year-old so closely he collected over 1800 photos of her.
It was reported Justice Robert Allan Hulme told the NSW Supreme Court the cleaner began taking photos of the schoolgirl just after he moved to Leeton.
The girl, known as “Joanne”, had her movements documented in an exercise book found by police that had Vincent Stanford’s name on the cover.
The book was said to have tracked the times she left for school or ballet as well as the registration details of the cars belonging to her family.
Justice Hulme read a particularly chilling extract to the court.
“Included is an entry, ‘home alone 15.40, time enough to abduct’. There are drawings including females, a car, a gun and a sword. There is an image of a female head with a knife striking it,” Justice Hulme said.
ABC reported Stanford was sentenced to life in jail without parole on Thursday morning.
The sentence was handed down on the day before what would have been Stephanie Scott’s 28th birthday.
Scott, 26, disappeared just days before her wedding on Easter Sunday of 2015.