A MAN who stabbed a drinking companion to death was yesterday has been jailed for eight years.

Bertie Hall, 49, who was convicted of killing Terry Miller, 30, in a house in Whitburn, West Lothian, in December.

Sentencing Hall at the High Court in Glasgow, Judge Lady Scott said he must be monitored for three years after his release.

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She said:“There has been an escalation in violence in your offending.

"I believe you pose a serious risk to the public.”

Hall was originally charged with murder, but was convicted by a jury of the reduced charge of culpable homicide after claiming he acted in self defence as he was trying to protect himself.