Adam Hourigan

Tenant 'tried to eat landlord's heart after chess row'

AN Italian man charged with murdering his Irish landlord after an alleged row over a game of chess told police he had cut open his victim and tried to eat his heart.

The mutilated body of Tom O'Gorman, a 39-year-old policy researcher for a Catholic thinktank, was found at his home in the Castleknock suburb north of Dublin early on Sunday morning.

Police have said Saverio Bellante, 34, admitted his guilt while under caution after he was arrested.

They said Mr Bellante had been the one to call police to report the incident, and that he claimed to officers that he had beaten Mr O'Gorman, cut open his chest and tried to eat his heart after an argument over a move in a chess match between the pair.

A post mortem examination on the victim established that he had suffered "dozens" of knife wounds to his head and chest, and that while a section of lung was missing the man's heart remained intact.

Read more at The Independent


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