Tuesday 20 March 2018

Woman charged with murder of pensioner found tied up in own home

David Young

A woman has been charged with murdering a pensioner who was tied up in his own home and stabbed in the chest.

Retired plumber Eddie Girvan, 67, was discovered by chance on Monday night when two police officers making routine enquiries called at his house in Greenisland, Co Antrim.

The 29-year-old woman, who was arrested in Belfast shortly after the body was found, was charged with his murder on Thursday evening.

She is due to appear in court in Belfast on Friday.

Mr Girvan, a separated father of two, was an antiques enthusiast and had many valuable items in his semi-detached home on Station Road.

However police have said nothing of note was stolen from the property.

One of the victim's two cars - a silver Hyundai Sonata - was removed and was later recovered by police around 10 miles away on Verner Street in Belfast city centre.

Police said the vehicle was seen leaving Greenisland just before 7.30am on Monday being "driven dangerously". It is understood to have later been involved in a minor crash in Belfast city centre.

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