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Tuesday 17 October 2017

O'Gorman murder trial delayed over forensic analysis

FORENSIC analysis has delayed the trial of a lodger accused of the murder of his Dublin landlord Tom O'Gorman.

Italian national Saverio Bellante (34) appeared at Cloverhill District Court having been earlier charged with the murder of the journalist and pro-life campaigner at his north Dublin home in January.

At an earlier stage in the proceedings it emerged that the DPP has directed that the accused man is to be tried "on indictment on a single count of murder" meaning he faces a Central Criminal Court trial.

But that cannot take place until the book of evidence has been handed over to the defence.

Yesterday, at Cloverhill District Court, Mr Bellante greeted Judge Victor Blake saying "good morning" and he remained on his feet for the brief hearing.

A State solicitor then explained, "this is a very serious charge, a murder charge" and she added that "unfortunately the book isn't ready."

She also said a number of statements in relation to "forensic analysis" were awaited.

Judge Blake said he would not give four-week adjournment but was further remanding the accused in custody "for service of the book of evidence on the 31st of July".

At an earlier stage in the proceedings, the court heard that it was "an extremely complex investigation file".

Detective Garda Patrick Traynor had said there were "165 investigative tasks inquiries".

The body of 39-year-old Mr O'Gorman, an Iona Institute researcher, from Beech Park Avenue in Castleknock, was found after gardai were called to his home at about 1.50am on January 12. Mr O'Gorman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Bellante has not yet entered a plea.

On March 26, an inquest into Mr O'Gorman's death was opened but it has been adjourned pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

Stab

The Dublin Coroner's Court had heard that the deceased was identified through DNA matches with samples from his brother and sister.

State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy has told the inquest that the preliminary cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and a stab wound to the neck and chest.

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