Man sen­tenced for at­tack on drink­ing pal

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Court re­porter

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.”

Hall His­tory of vi­o­lence

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