Man accused of Castleknock murder sent forward for trial

Tom O'Gorrman

An Italian man accused of murdering his landlord in Castleknock in Dublin has been sent forward for trial before the Central Criminal Court.

Researcher and former journalist Tom O'Gorman was stabbed to death at his home at Beech Park Avenue in January. His body was found on January 12.

His lodger Saverio Bellante was charged with his murder and was served with a book of evidence during a brief court appearance this morning.

He was admitted to the Central Mental Hospital for treatment shortly afterwards and was excused from several scheduled court appearances.

This morning, the 34-year-old was brought before Judge Alan Mitchell at Cloverhill DC where he was handed a book of evidence by Detective Garda Patrick Traynor.

His solicitor Tony Collier told the court his client, who is from Palermo, has good English and doesn't need the book to be translated into Italian.

Due to the seriousness of the charge, Judge Mitchell decided to certify an interpreter for meetings with his legal team.

He also granted him free legal aid for one Senior Counsel and a Junior Counsel. He was remanded in custody and sent forward for trial to the next sittings of the Central Criminal Court.

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