A 34-year-old Italian man appears in court charged with murder of Tom O’Gorman

A 34-year-old Italian man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Tom O’Gorman. garda badge The 39-year-old was stabbed and severely beaten at his home in Castleknock in Dublin at the weekend. Gardai believe he was killed as a result of a dispute over a game of chess. Senior Gardai are describing Tom O’Gorman’s death at the weekend as gruesome. Officers were called to his home at Beechpark Avenue in Castleknock – at around 2 o’clock yesterday morning – where they discovered his remains. The 39-year-old – who worked as a reseacher at the Iona Institute – suffered extensive injuries – including stab wounds. Gardai believe he was killed after a row broke out over a game of chess. Tom O’Gorman’s lodger Saverio Bellante – who’s originally from Palermo in Sicilly – was arrrested at the scene under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. The 34-year-old – who also has an address at Beechpark Avenue in Castleknock – appeared in Blanchardstown District Court this morning – charged with murder. Detective Sergeant Patrick Traynor – from Blanchardstown Garda Station – told the court that Saverio Bellante replied ‘I am guilty’ – when he charged and cautioned late last night. He made a brief appearance at Blanchardstown District Court at 10.30 this morning – dressed in a black jumper and black trousers. The defendant declined legal representation – telling the court that he wants to represent himself. Judge David McHugh ordered that a medical assessment be carried out on Saverio Bellante – who has been remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday next January 17th. Meanwhile the house where the incident happened on Beechpark Avenue in Castleknock remains sealed off today. And its been confirmed that the two Gardai who first arrived at the scene – a man and a woman – are being offered counselling.

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