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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Pro-life campaigner Tom O'Gorman died following 'blunt force trauma to head', inquest hears

Gareth Naughton

Published 26/03/2014|16:51

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Tom O'Gorman

PRO-life campaigner Tom O’Gorman died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and a stab wound to the neck and chest, his inquest has heard.

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Mr O’Gorman (38) was found dead in his home at Beechpark Avenue in Castleknock, Dublin 15 on January 12 this year after gardaí were called to the house in the early hours of the morning. Italian man Saverio Bellante (34), the dead man’s former lodger, is currently charged with his murder.

At the opening of Mr O’Gorman’s inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court, the court heard that he was identified using DNA sampling from his brother and sister. The identity was confirmed by Dr Emily Jordan, a forensic scientist at garda headquarters.

The post-mortem was carried out at the Dublin city mortuary by state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that she has given the preliminary cause of death as “blunt force trauma to the head and a stab wound to the neck and chest”.

The dead man’s brother, Paul O’Gorman was present in court.

Detective Inspector Colm Murphy requested an open-ended adjournment of the inquest pending the completion of criminal proceedings. Dr Farrell said that was aware of some of the circumstances but could not comment because the matter is before the courts. He granted the adjournment.

Mr Bellante, originally from Palermo in Sicily, was arrested and charged with the murder shortly after Mr O’Gorman’s body was discovered. At his first hearing at Blanchardstown District Court on January 13, Detective Garda Patrick Traynor said that the accused replied “I am guilty” after he was charged. He was remanded in custody following that hearing and has been receiving treatment at the Central Mental Hospital.

Mr O’Gorman was prominent member of the pro-life movement, a former journalist with Catholic newspaper The Voice Today and was working as a researcher for Catholic lobby organisation, the Iona Institute, at the time of his death.

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