Saturday 25 October 2014

O’Gorman murder accused misses court again

Tom Tuite

Published 27/02/2014 | 13:26

Accused Saverio Bellante
Accused Saverio Bellante

AN Italian man accused of the murder of well known pro-life campaigner and religious writer Tom O'Gorman, was unable to face another court hearing today.

Saverio Bellante, 34, the deceased's former lodger, had been due to appear at Cloverhill District Court today.

He had originally been remanded in custody on January 13 last with an order that he was to be given medical treatment. He had been unable to attend two subsequent hearings because he was in the Central Mental Hospital.

And today a sick warrant was produced again after which Judge Michael Coghlan adjourned the case until March 27 next.

Earlier the court had heard a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The body of Mr O'Gorman, aged 39, from Beech Park Avenue, in the north Dublin suburb of Castleknock, was found after gardai were called to his large detached home at about 1.50am on Sunday, January 12 last.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and a post mortem was later carried out by Professor Marie Cassidy .

Saverio Bellante, a customer service agent, was later arrested; he had replied “I am guilty” after he was charged, Detective Garda Patrick Traynor had said at the accused's first hearing at Blanchardstown District Court on January 13 last.

The 34-year-old, who is from Palermo in Sicily, is accused of murdering Mr O'Gorman, at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock between January 11 and 12.

The deceased man, Tom O'Gorman, was a well known pro-life advocate and former journalist with the Catholic newspaper The Voice Today. Recently been a researcher for the Dublin based Catholic lobby group the Iona Institute.

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