The family of Tom O’Gorman, a well-known Catholic activist who was violently killed in 2014, are seeking the full details of his killers’ psychiatric treatment to be publicly aired.
The Dublin man was killed by his tenant Saverio Bellante, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity at the Central Criminal Court and remains at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin.
Tom’s family are seeking a “full ventilation” of the manner of his death through the inquest process. Acting for the family at Dublin Coroner’s Court, barrister Aisling Mulligan said they have serious concerns about Mr Bellante’s psychiatric treatment and the “dangers” attached to it in the lead-up to the killing. The family feel this was not fully ventilated at Mr Bellante’s trial “because of the type of case that was run”, Ms Mulligan said, and they hope to have the full circumstances of Mr Bellante’s psychiatric treatment and its connection to the killing aired in court. “It’s a very delicate case for all purposes and for family and the people involved,” Ms Mulligan said.
Additional submissions will be made to the coroner’s office in the coming weeks and the inquest is adjourned until May 13.