DUBLIN — An Italian man has been charged with the murder of Irish religious writer and former journalist, Tom O’Gorman, after a dispute over a game of chess in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Sources from Gardaí, the Irish police force, say that the men were playing and one attempted to move his king, leading to a dispute over the movement of the piece. The accused, Saverio Bellante, who had been living with O’Gorman for a few months as a lodger, told officers at the scene that O’Gorman had then asked him to move out, which he agreed to do. The victim was then bludgeoned to death with a dumbbell before being stabbed, writes news website The Journal.
Saverio Bellante, 34, a native of Sicily, has lived in Dublin for the past two years, reports the Irish Independent. The Gardaí say that alcohol and drugs were not involved, nor did Bellante have a predisposition towards violence in the past.
Several newspapers have reported that two of O’Gorman’s organs were removed in the assault. According to the Irish Mirror, sources say that Bellante claimed to have eaten the victim’s heart, but a post-mortem exam found no damage there. But it was noted that one of the man’s lungs was missing.
Bellante is due to appear in court Monday morning in Dublin.
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