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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Saverio Bellante charged with the murder of Tom O'Gorman in chess row

This is the man charged with the murder of 39 year-old Tom O'Gorman in Castleknock yesterday.

Saverio Bellante, 34, appeared at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin this morning, charged over Mr O'Gorman's death in a frenzied attack over a late-night chess game.

The Italian has admitted murdering his landlord in a row over chess.

Police were called to the scene of the killing at a house in a suburb of north Dublin at around 1.50am yesterday. Senior police described the scene as very unpleasant and bizarre, with the dead man suffering substantial injuries.

Mr O'Gorman, 39, a researcher who had worked as a journalist and who owned the property in Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock, was found with multiple stab injuries.

Originally from Palermo in Sicily, Mr Bellante has been living in Ireland for the past two-and-a-half years working for a pharmaceutical company in Dublin.

He had been living in Mr O'Gorman's house as a lodger over the past number of months.

Mr O'Gorman was a former journalist with The Voice Today, a Roman Catholic newspaper.

A graduate of University College Dublin, he was more recently a researcher with Dublin-based Catholic lobby group the Iona Institute.

Mr O'Gorman - who had a brother and a sister - was living at the family home since his mother died in 2012. His father was also dead.

He is believed to have taken in a lodger in recent months to help supplement his income.

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