DARREN ``Badga'' Booth, of Kings Meadows, spent the last few minutes of his life wanting to speak to his children.
Yesterday, the man who took him away from those children forever was found guilty of murder.
The jury's unanimous decision unleashed a wave of emotion in the Launceston Supreme Court.
After 11 days of listening to how Michael Vernon Lowe, of Waverley, had stabbed Mr Booth to death, the victim's family finally heard the verdict they'd waited more than a year for.
The aftermath of the murder was detailed in gut-wrenching victim impact statements written on behalf of Mr Booth's four young children and read in court.
``There are no words that can capture my children's grief and rage over what has happened,'' one of the statement's said.
``They didn't get any chance to say goodbye they are left with the legacy of a dad taken in such a violent and senseless manner.''
Another statement said Mr Booth, 37 when he was killed, had been a wonderful father always there for his children.
``How do you explain to a four-year-old death is permanent?'' it asked.
Speaking to the media Mr Booth's eldest sister Shirlene Wrigley said there were no winners only losers in the ``tragedy''.
Another sister Karen Tomlin wiped away tears as she said it was the verdict they had been desperately hoping for.
A former partner of Mr Booth's said Lowe had committed ``a cowardly act of rage and aggression''.
``We hope he experiences, through his own conscience, even a fraction of the pain he left for our family,'' she said.
Mr Booth died from blood loss after being stabbed three times in the chest by Lowe in the early hours of Mother's Day 2012.
The murder took place in the home of Lowe's former partner Crystal Wells in Pinkard Street, Kings Meadows.
Lowe had gone there after a night out to confront her about the failed relationship.
Once there Lowe and Ms Wells began arguing and when Mr Booth came out to say ``enough is enough'', he was attacked by Lowe.
``(Lowe said) I'll tell you when's enough is enough,'' one witness said during the trial.
Lowe charged at Mr Booth with a knife and the fight barrelled its way through Ms Wells' home ending up in a children's rumpus room.
Lowe was seen on top of Mr Booth saying ``I am the law''.
Mr Booth then emerged from the room with a ``hole in his chest'', a 15-year-old girl who witnessed the attack had told the court.
Lowe followed holding a blood soaked knife, saying ``I think that's enough'' before apologising to the girl and her boyfriend.
Mr Booth died in the lounge room.
Ms Wells who had fled to get help came back as her boyfriend was dying.
The court heard she's never returned to the home and suffers ongoing psychological distress as do the two teenage eye-witnesses.
Seven extra-police were brought in to the court for the verdict but there were no incidents.
Defence counsel Greg Richardson said Lowe had no prior record of violence.
The 52-year-old will be sentenced on Monday by Justice Robert Pearce.