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Irish man 'murdered over game of chess'

Police tell Dublin court accused confessed to murdering landlord, who suffered multiple stab wounds.

Last updated: 13 Jan 2014 14:01
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The victim suffered dozens of knife wounds to his head and chest [Getty]

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

Saverio Bellante, 34, appeared in a Dublin court on Monday accused of the murder of Tom O'Gorman the previous day.

A policeman told the court that, when charged, Bellante replied, "I am guilty".

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.

Bellante told the court at Monday's hearing he wanted to represent himself. 

The judge ordered Bellante to be held without bail to receive a psychiatric evaluation and to reappear in court on Friday.

Bellante, a native of Palermo, had worked in Dublin for the past two years at a drugs company.

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