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    Man jailed after stabbing friend at home in Falkirk

    Written by on January 9, 2020

    A man has been jailed for six years, after stabbing his friend at the house they shared in Falkirk.

    Zilvanas Popovas was originally charged with murdering father-of-one Tomas Svezas on Westfield Street last summer.

    The 38-year-old previously pled guilty to culpable homicide under provocation.

    It’s understood the pair had began fighting after spending the night drinking together.

    Popovas was arrested the following day and charged with causing Mr Svezas’s death.

    Detective Inspector Barry McDaid said, “Tomas Svezas had come to Scotland from his home in Lithuania to work and lived with colleagues in Falkirk.

    “One of those was Zilvinas Popovas who he shared a house with.

    “Popovas and Mr Svezas were socialising within the property when Popovas attacked Mr Svezas with a knife, leaving him with injuries so severe he sadly died at the scene.

    “Our thoughts and sympathies remain with the family and friends of Mr Svezas and I hope that today’s outcome will offer them some comfort.

    “Police Scotland continues to work hard to tackle violence and will always ensure those who commit violent offences are brought before the courts.”