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Friday 9 December 2016

Insanity will be an issue in case of man accused of murdering Tom O'Gorman, court hears

Tom O’Gorman died on January 11th or 12th last year at his house at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock in Dublin.
Tom O’Gorman died on January 11th or 12th last year at his house at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock in Dublin.

Lawyers for the man charged with murdering journalist Tom O’Gorman have said insanity will be an issue in the case, which will be short as a result.

Saverio Bellante (35) is accused of murdering Mr O’Gorman on January 11th or 12th last year at the house they shared at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock in Dublin. The accused was Mr O’Gorman’s tenant.

The Italian man’s barrister, Seán Guerin SC, told the Central Criminal Court this morning that it was a case where insanity would be an issue and that it would take up a short period of time.

He told Mr Justice Paul Carney that a trial date had been set for December 14th next but asked for liberty to apply for an earlier date. The judge granted the request.

Mr Guerin was also granted a request to transfer his client’s legal aid from one firm of solicitors to another.

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