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Suspect in O'Gorman 'chess murder' moved to mental hospital

THE man who admitted killing Tom O'Gorman has been transferred to the Central Mental Hospital.

Italian Saverio Bellante (34) was taken from Cloverhill Prison on Tuesday after being medically assessed.

Bellante, accused of murdering Mr O'Gorman in what gardai believe was a chess row, is due before court tomorrow. Bellante, with an address at Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock, but originally from Palermo, Sicily, was brought into Blanchardstown District Court shortly after 10.30am on Monday.

He is accused of murdering Mr O'Gorman (39) at some time on Saturday night or early Sunday morning at the house where he had been lodging with the deceased in Castleknock.

Det Sgt Patrick Traynor told the court that Bellante was charged shortly after midnight on Monday at Blanchardstown Garda Station by Sgt Morgan O'Connor. He had replied "I am guilty" when cautioned, Sgt Traynor told the court.

Bellante spoke briefly in court during a discussion on legal representation. Judge David McHugh asked if Bellante had a legal representative in court. A garda told Judge McHugh that Bellante wanted to represent himself.

Judge McHugh said he wanted to let the matter stand so that Bellante could be informed of his rights regarding legal representation. However, a garda told the court that the matter had been discussed with Bellante and he was "happy to represent himself". "She questioned me if I wanted to represent myself and the answer is yes," Bellante told the court.

The judge also ordered that he be given a medical assessment in Cloverhill prison.

The hearing lasted for less than five minutes.

Meanwhile, friends of Mr O'Gorman were told to "pray for the strength to forgive" at a memorial vigil on Tuesday night. The 39-year-old was remembered as a man of humour, personal decency and greatness of soul.

Joe McCarroll, chairman of the Pro-life Campaign, spoke of Mr O'Gorman as a campaigner on social, legal and moral issues who had great warmth as "a people person".

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Mr McCarroll delivered his words of tribute in front of a packed church.

He referred to his friend's violent death at his home in Castleknock, Dublin, at the weekend as an act "full of horror" and "unspeakable".

Mr O'Gorman (39), was a researcher with the Iona Institute and a firm supporter of the Pro-life Campaign in his newspaper articles.

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