Ireland: Italian Man Accused of Tom O’Gorman Murder Trial Begins

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    The trial of an Italian man accused of murdering religious affairs writer Tom O’Gorman will begin today.

    35-year-old Saverio Bellante from Palermo, Sicily, is accused of stabbing his landlord Tom O’Gorman to death at the house they shared at Beech Park Avenue in Castleknock on January 11 or 12, 2014.

    Lawyers for the accused say insanity will be an issue in the case.

    A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in at the Central Criminal Court on Monday – and the trial will formally begin today before Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan.

    Medical and garda witnesses will be among those called – while Mr Bellante’s barrister Sean Guerin told the court that insanity will be an issue and the trial will be short as a result.

    Once underway, the trial is expected to last two days.