Tom O'Gorman murder accused due in court today

The scene of Mr O'Gorman's death

An Italian man charged with murdering his landlord Tom O'Gorman in Dublin's Castleknock last weekend is due in court shortly.

Saverio Bellante was admitted to the Central Mental Hospital after he was charged with killing his landlord at his home at Beechpark Avenue last weekend.

Mr O'Gorman, a researcher with the Iona Institute, was beaten and stabbed to death sometime between Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday.

Detectives have described it as one of the most gruesome cases they have ever handled and believe Mr O'Gorman may have been killed in a row over a game of chess

His lodger Mr Bellante was arrested at the scene and was later charged.

He was brought before Blanchardstown DC on Monday morning. The court heard he replied: "I am guilty" when the charge was first put to him.

He told Judge David McHugh he did not need a lawyer because he wanted to represent himself.

Judge McHugh ordered for him to be medically assessed while in custody. He was later admitted to the Central Mental Hospital for treatment.

Mr Bellante, who is originally from Palermo in Sicily, is due before Cloverhill District Court this morning.

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