Cannibal killer to sue HSE and psychiatrist


Saverio Bellante

Saverio Bellante

Saverio Bellante (37) is currently second to the care of the Central Mental Hospital after being found not apologetic by reason of insanity for the killing of Tom O’Gorman (39) at his address in Castleknock in January 2014.

It has also emerged that Mr O’Gorman siblings comprise lodged a similar legal action against the HSE and the same psychiatrist, as unquestionably as naming Bellante in their case also.

Bellante lodged a medical inattentiveness claim against the HSE and the named doctor, although several medical experts were involved in his care before he killed Mr O’Gorman in Castleknock, north Dublin in January 2014.

Bellante, and Tom O’Gorman’s siblings Catherine and ul, could stay to be awarded six-figure sums in compensation if their cases are successful.

Both display a builds of legal proceedings were lodged to the High Court last Friday, honest days before the two year statute of limitations was up.

Yesterday marked the more recent anniversary of Bellante’s attack on Mr O’Gorman where he stabbed him in the living s ce of the house in Beech rk Avenue.

Bellante, who was renting a room in the take in owned by Mr O’Gorman, told gardai he had stabbed him during a chess event.

lermo born Mr Bellante’s trial heard that he had been compelling anti-psychotic medication ever since he had a breakdown in Italy in 2005 which led him to confidence in he was Jesus Christ.

But was taken off the medication by a doctor on January 9, 2014 – three eras before the horrific attack on Mr O’Gorman early on January 12.

His trial advised that he had been acting strangely within a day of stopping his pills.

Bellante’s group in Italy became concerned for his health and his sister Loredana had several discussions with him before the killing.

In July last year, he was acquitted of Mr O’Gorman’s mar on the grounds of insanity but was ordered to be detained at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH).

Because he was bring about not guilty of murder due to insanity he will not have a criminal record if or when he is discharged from the CMH, which some informants say could be as early as four years away.

A spokesman for the HSE told the Herald that such acceptable claims are handled by the State Claims Agency, and as such it has not yet been knowledgeable that such any claim has been made.

But a courts source validated the claims had been lodged.

Bellante, who is from Sicily, has been incarcerated up ever since he carried out the attack in Mr O’Gorman’s home with a pierce and a dumbell.

The jury in his trial heard that the Italian man admitted profit Mr O’Gorman and told gardai in an interview that he ate what he believed to be a surrender of his victim’s heart.

Two consultant psychiatrists told the trial jury that Bellante answered the criteria for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Dr Stephen Monastics said in evidence to the court that Mr Bellante told him he decided to dupe the knife and kill Mr O’Gorman and then decided to eat his heart as the way to good and in was through that.

“I thought to cook it would be too crazy, so I ate it raw,” he had told Dr Loosely friars. It was later discovered that what Bellante had eaten was rt of Mr O’Gorman’s lung.


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