Family of murdered teacher Stephanie Scott suing state government

Relatives of a NSW teacher who was raped and murdered by a cleaner in 2015 before being dumped in a national park are suing the state government.

Bride-to-be Stephanie Scott was killed on Easter Sunday in 2015 by cleaner Vincent Stanford, who is serving a life sentence.

The 26-year-old’s body was found burned and dumped in the Cocoparra National Park, some 70km away from her Leeton school.

Stephanie Scott, pictured with her mother and her fiancé, was raped and murdered by a school cleaner. Source: AAP
People console each other as they visit the floral tribute for Ms Scott outside the school where she worked. Source: AAP

The NSW Department of Education was not made aware of claims filed in the state’s District Court before proceedings commenced this week, AAP understands.

“The department is aware the circumstances resulting in these proceedings are sensitive and all efforts will be made to respond to the claims appropriately,” a department spokesman said in a statement.

Stanford, who was arrested three days after the horrific attack, admitted to going “a little nuts” after he dragged Ms Scott into a storeroom where he attacked her with his fists and a large knife.

Vincent Stanford (centre) was sentenced to life in prison for the murder and aggravated sexual assault of Ms Scott in 2015. Source: AAP