Friday 20 April 2018

Suspect in killing of landlord remanded

Accused Saverio Bellante
Accused Saverio Bellante

Andrew Phelan

The Italian man charged with the murder of researcher Tom O'Gorman has been further remanded in custody after a court heard gardai have yet to send a file to the DPP.

Saverio Bellante (34) had the case against him adjourned in his absence at Cloverhill District Court yesterday, after a judge was told he was at the Central Mental Hospital.

Judge Victor Blake remanded him in custody until January 31.

Mr Bellante was arrested following the violent death of Mr O'Gorman (39), whose mutilated body was found by gardai at his home at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin, last Sunday.

Mr Bellante, who is from Palermo in Sicily but had been lodging with Mr O'Gorman, is accused of murdering him between January 11 and 12.

He had been due to appear in court for the second time yesterday since his arrest at Mr O'Gorman's home last Sunday.

He had been brought before Blanchardstown District Court on Monday, where Judge David McHugh heard he had replied to the charge after caution: "I am guilty."

Irish Independent

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