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01 October 2023

Man kills landlord over chess dispute


An Italian man has been charged in Dublin with killing his Irish landlord in an argument over a chess game.

Police say Saverio Bellante admitted his guilt after being arrested Sunday at the home he shared with Tom O'Gorman. The victim's body was badly mutilated. Police said Bellante, who had rented a room in O'Gorman's home, claimed the chess dispute as his motive.

Pathologists say the 39-year-old victim suffered dozens of knife wounds to his head and chest so severe that a lung was missing.

A Dublin judge ordered the 34-year-old Bellante to be held without bail and to receive a psychiatric evaluation.

Bellante told the court at Monday's hearing he wanted to represent himself. A policeman testified that, when charged with murder, Bellante replied: "I am guilty."