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Smiling face of carefree Italian who admitted to gruesome murder

HE was just like any other carefree tourist at a Dublin bus stop, heading off on a day out with friends.

Laughing and with his arms around two female friends, these photographs show Saverio Bellante in a very different situation than he is in now.

Another photograph shows the Italian man on a night out in a Dublin pub, drinking beer from a plastic glass as he chatted happily with a male friend.

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Yesterday, he was charged with the murder of Tom O'Gorman, who was found stabbed to death and mutilated following a game of chess at his north Dublin home.

Saverio Bellante (34) was brought before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday accused of killing the religious writer in Castleknock on Sunday.

The murder scene is said to have been so shocking, investigating gardai may need counselling.

Bellante was remanded in custody for a week after Judge David McHugh was told the accused replied to the charge: "I am guilty".

Dressed in a black sweater and trousers and grey runners, he told the court he wished to legally represent himself in the case.

The dead man had worked as a researcher with Catholic advocacy group the Iona Institute, was a former journalist and was a minister of the Eucharist.

In court yesterday, Det Gda Patrick Traynor told the court he arrested the defendant for the purpose of charge at 11.33pm on Sunday at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Judge McHugh remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on January 17.

He directed that the accused be medically assessed and said he would leave this to the prison authorities.

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