A schizophrenic cannibal murdered his landlord and ate his heart in order to “end evil in the world”, an inquest heard this week.
The shocking revelation was made by Saverio Bellante, an Italian national who killed Tom O'Gorman in 2014 in Castleknock, Dublin.
The inquest into the death of Mr O'Gorman took place on Monday (July 4), and the gruesome details of the murder left the jurors “deeply impacted”, who ruled a narrative verdict into the death.
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Bellante was suffering from delusions at the time of the crime, and claimed that he was God “on a special mission against the forces of evil in the world”.
He killed Mr O'Gorman during the early hours of January 12, 2014 after a row broke out over a simple game of chess.
He was found not guilty of the murder in 2015, by reason of insanity, and has since been detained at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum where forensic psychiatrist Stephen Monks has been assessing him.
Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that he had stopped taking anti-psychotic medication on January 9, 2014, two days before slaughtering Mr O'Gorman, and that he felt he was in “a battle between forces of good and evil”.
He was “profoundly paranoid” and had acute psychosis, which made him think his landlord was trying to “end his freedom and enslave him”.
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The cause of death was down to a blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds to the neck and chest – and that the right lung had been removed from the body, as well as damage to the liver.
He admitted to local police that “we had a fight and I stabbed him".
No details were given publicly about how he ate the body parts, but it was confirmed that he did, and that DNA evidence was needed to identify the victim.
A paramedic on-site confirmed that there was something on a plate which looked like “a piece of liver” and that it was “warm to the touch”.
Mr O'Gorman's brother was at the court to hear the case.
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