Tom O’Gorman murder accused unfit to come to court

Italian native Saverio Bellante (34) remains in Central Mental Hospital

Saverio Bellante remains in the Central Mental Hospital, the court heard

Saverio Bellante remains in the Central Mental Hospital, the court heard

Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 18:21

An Italian man accused of murder the religious affairs writer Tom O’Gorman in January was unable to face another court hearing yesterday.

Saverio Bellante (34), Palermo, Sicily, who had been due to appear at Cloverhill District Court today, remains in the Central Mental Hospital.

He had originally been remanded in custody on January 13th last with an order that he was to be given medical treatment. He had been unable to attend three subsequent hearings because he was in the mental hospital.

Today Judge Victor Blake said he had been furnished with a note from the hospital to say that Mr Bellante was not fit to be in court for the latest hearing.

The prosecution said the case was complicated and they asked for a further two weeks to complete the book of evidence. Judge Blake granted an adjournment until April 10th.

The body Mr O’Gorman (39), an Iona Institute researcher, Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock, was found after gardaí were called to his home at about 1.50am on January 12th last.