Man who killed Dublin architect admitted indefinitely to Central Mental Hospital

CourtsBy Shuki Byrne
Admitted: Saverio Bellante
Admitted: Saverio Bellante

Saverio Bellante has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital for an indefinite period after he was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

The 36-year-old Italian man was last month found not guilty of the murder of his landlord Tom O'Gorman. 

Bellante admitted killing the 39-year-old at his home in Castleknock in January 2014, but denied the charge of murder.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan today said, on the basis of a consultant's evidence, she would commit Bellante to the Central Mental Hospital.

Three separate forensic psychiatrists found Bellante to be a schizophrenic and said he would need medication for the rest of his life. Doctors agreed he was in an acute psychotic state on the night of the killing. 

Doctors who have been meeting with Bellante said he had improved noticeably since the gruesome killing. He now appreciates the seriousness of his actions and has expressed remorse and deep great. 

Dr Mohan told the court he has had weekly contact with Mr Bellante for most of last year and all of this year, where he has undergone extensive psychiatric assessment.

The doctor said Mr Bellante moved from the acute phase of his illness to the rehabilitation phase in mid 2014.

"His condition was challenging at the outset and it proved difficult to treat with high levels of medication. He had a strong belief that the victim represented an evil force while he was a good force. It took several months of intensive treatment before there was any improvement in his condition," said Dr Mohan.

However, he still needs extensive treatment and there remains a serious threat to others and himself. 

In a victim impact statement, Tom's sister said the death of Tom had been unimaginably painful for her and her brother. 

Catherine O'Gorman read out a victim impact statement on behalf of the family, telling the court her brother had been a funny, harmless and intelligent man. 

"For us he was our big brother. He was funny. He was interested and excited by life. He was gentle , with an honesty that made him vulnerable. He was passionate about his faith and also deeply empathetic, intellectually curious and always open to dialogue. 

"He was social and enjoyed exchanging ideas with other people. He was a talker. Tom also had a keen interest in a variety of sports. Tom would have been already anticipating with great excitement the upcoming Rugby World Cup.


She said she hoped the State would do whatever it could in its power to ensure that a tragedy like this would never occur again.