Monday 19 February 2018

Brother of Tom O'Gorman murder accused flies in

Accused Saverio Bellante
Accused Saverio Bellante
Candles surrounding a photograph of Tom O'Gorman at memorial prayer vigil this week. Photo: Collins Photos.


The brother of an Italian man charged with murdering his landlord has flown into Ireland ahead of a court appearance later this month.

Francesco Paolo Bellante, a police officer based in Palermo, arrived in Ireland early last Tuesday morning.

Saverio Bellante, 34, with an address in Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin, is accused of killing Tom O'Gorman in the house they shared.

Saverio Bellante grew up in the working class Palermo district of Guadagna. The second of three children, he is the son of a traffic policeman and has one brother and a sister. His sister is understood to have remained in Italy where she is being comforted by friends.

He was due to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday morning. However, a letter was produced to say he was in the Central Mental Hospital.

Mr O'Gorman's body was discovered at the house in Castleknock after gardai received a call in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Mr Bellante has been remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District court on January 31.

Earlier this week he was brought before Blanchardstown District Court charged with murder.

Mr O'Gorman worked as a researcher for the Iona Institute, a Catholic advocacy group. He had previously worked for the now defunct Catholic newspaper The Voice.

Irish Independent

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