Man in court over Thomas O'Gorman killing in Dublin

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A man has appeared in court in Dublin charged with the murder of a man allegedly following a row over a game of chess.

Thomas O'Gorman, 39, was severely beaten and stabbed to death at his home in Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock.

Savario Bellante, 34, originally from Italy but who works in Dublin and was lodging with Mr O'Gorman, was remanded in custody for a week.

A police officer said he replied "I am guilty" when charged with the murder.

In court on Monday, the accused said he was representing himself. A judge directed that he be medically assessed in custody.

Detective Garda Patrick Traynor told Blanchardstown District Court that he arrested Mr Bellante to charge him at 23:33 GMT on Sunday at a police station.

Mr Bellante, who is from Palermo in Sicily, replied: "I am guilty" after he was charged, the detective said.

Judge McHugh noted the defendant had no solicitor representing him in court and he said he would let the case stand in the list for him to be informed of his rights.

However, a police officer told the judge this had been discussed and "he's happy to represent himself".

"She questioned me if I wanted to represent myself and the answer is yes", the defendant told the court.

Judge McHugh remanded him in custody to appear in court again on 17 January.

Mr O'Gorman was severely beaten and stabbed to death in his home.

Police described his death as "gruesome", and believe the killing was linked to a dispute over the movement of a chess piece during a game.

Detectives were called to the house at about 01:50 GMT on Sunday.

According to the Irish Independent they found Mr O'Gorman's "mutilated" body inside the house.

It has been reported that police had been called by Mr Bellante.

It is believed Mr O'Gorman had been stabbed with a knife and beaten with a dumbbell.

The victim, who was single, was a researcher at the Catholic lobby organisation the Iona Institute.

He was a former journalist with The Voice Today, a Catholic newspaper.

It is the seventh killing in the Republic of Ireland since the start of the year and the fifth in the past week.

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