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Murder trial for man accused of killing journalist

THE Italian man accused of killing his landlord Tom O'Gorman, a well-known religious affairs writer, has been sent forward for trial.

Saverio Bellante (34) was served with the book of evidence at Cloverhill District Court this morning.

The court was told that Mr Bellante, who is from the Sicilian city of Palermo, has good English and he does not need the book of evidence to be translated into Italian.

Mr Bellante is charged with the murder of Tom O'Gorman, a journalist and pro-life campaigner, at his home at Beech Park Avenue in Castleknock last January.

A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was ready and Detective Garda Patrick Traynor served Mr Bellante with the book over the glass partition in the dock at Cloverhill court.

The court heard that the DPP has directed that Mr Bellante faces trial in the Central Criminal Court on the charge.

Judge Alan Mitchell said Mr Bellante was facing a "serious offence" and he certified for an interpreter to be present at any legal consultations if it is required.

Judge Mitchell gave Mr Bellante the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

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Judge Mitchell assigned defence solicitor Michael Staines on free legal aid as well as one junior and one senior counsel.

The body of 39-year-old Tom O'Gorman, an Iona Institute researcher, from Beach Park Avenue in Castleknock, was found after gardai were called to his home at about 1.50am on Sunday, January 12 last.

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