Steven Bryceland, 45, murdered Chris Nicol around 9.05pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
He went round to Chris Nicol’s flat in Maple Road in Greenock and brutally attacked him in front of his victim’s children, who were at the time ages five and six years old.
Detective Inspector John Stewart said:“Chris Nicol was brutally killed at the hands of Steven Bryceland in front of his two young children.
"Bryceland went to Chris's home that evening armed with a knife and intent on robbing him.
"Two innocent children were exposed to the horror of what followed and have to live with the consequences of Bryceland's cowardly and despicable actions.
"Our thoughts are still very much with his family, during what has been an agonising time for them. I hope that the outcome today provides some sense of justice to them.”