KILLER GETS EIGHT YEARS
Man sentenced for attack on drinking pal
A man who stabbed a drinking companion to death has been jailed.
At the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday Bertie Hall was sentenced to eight years, having previously been convicted of the culpable homicide of 30-year-old Terry Miller.
Hall was also ordered to be monitored in the community for three years after his release.
Sentencing Hall, Judge Lady Scott said: “There has been an escalation in violence in your offending and I believe you pose a serious risk to the public.”
At an earlier hearing, a jury heard Hall and his victim had been drinking together at a property in Main Street, Whitburn, on Tuesday, December 27, last year when Hall (49) attacked Mr Miller, leaving him with a serious neck injury.
As a result of this incident Mr Miller was pronounced dead at the scene and officers quickly arrested Hall in connection with the death.
He was originally charged with murder but was convicted by a jury of the reduced charge of culpable homicide. He admitted stabbing
30-year-old Mr Miller in the throat but insisted he was acting in self defence.
Detective Inspector stuart Wilson, from the Major Investigation team, said:“this was a violent and shocking attack which left terry Miller with a significant injury from which he could not recover.
“Bertie Hall has been shown to be a violent and reckless character whose actions have robbed Mr Miller’s family of their loved one.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Miller family for all of the assistance and support they provided during this inquiry and I sincerely hope they can take some solace in today’s sentencing.”
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