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Palermo native accused of murder, eating heart of victim

Arrested in Ireland, Italian reportedly admitted row over chess

13 January, 14:38
Palermo native accused of murder, eating heart of victim (ANSA) - London, January 13 - A Palermo native arrested in Dublin after the murder of his roommate told police that he ate his victim's heart, local newspapers reported on Monday.

According to media reports, the Italian man, 34, is accused in the stabbing death of Tom O'Gorman, 39, in their home over a chess game in the early morning hours of Sunday.

The man confessed the murder to police and also admitted that he "ate" his victim's heart, according to published reports.

However, local media added, autopsy results showed that while the victim's heart was intact, the body was missing a lung.

The victim had also been badly beaten with a dumbbell before the stabbing, according to published reports.

O'Gorman reportedly worked as a journalist and more recently, a researcher for a Catholic organization in Dublin, while the accused has lived for about two-and-a-half years in Ireland where he worked for a pharmaceutical company.

He had rented a room from O'Gorman only a few months earlier, the media said.