Italian charged with Irish ‘chess game’ murder

An Italian man has been charged with the brutal murder of his landlord in Ireland, in which the victim's chest was reportedly cut open and one of his organs removed.

Italian charged with Irish 'chess game' murder
Saverio Bellante was arrested by Irish police on Sunday. Photo: William Murphy/Flickr

Saverio Bellante, 34, appeared in a Dublin court on Monday morning, accused of murdering 39-year-old Tom O’Gorman.

The victim was stabbed to death and beaten over the head with a dumbbell on Sunday after the pair got into an argument over a game of chess, the Irish Independent reported.

According to local press reports, Bellante then confessed to police by phone and told authorities that he had eaten his landlord’s heart. A source told the Irish Independent that O’Gorman’s heart was found intact, but that one of the man’s lungs was missing.

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When contacted by The Local, police and court authorities in Dublin were unable to confirm the details of the crime.

Bellante, originally from the Sicilian capital Palermo, was working for Allergan pharmaceutical company before his arrest in Dublin. He was described as being a “serious and coherent person” by a former school friend.

“I have known [Bellante] since I was a boy and he was always a person most serious and coherent with everyone. I am unable to imagine what is being said,” Simone Scelta said in a Facebook post. “I am destroyed with pain,” he added.

Bellante is being held in police custody, while the murder trial is not likely to take place for another year, a spokesman for the Dublin court told The Local.

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Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.