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Eddie Girvan murder: Margaret Henderson, 29, appears in court charged with stabbing pensioner to death in Greenisland

By Alan Erwin

Published 22/01/2016

Margaret Henderson, who has been charged with the murder of Eddie Girvan. Pic Pacemaker
Margaret Henderson, who has been charged with the murder of Eddie Girvan. Pic Pacemaker
Margaret Henderson-McCarroll, who has been charged with the murder of Eddie Girvan.
Margaret Henderson, who has been charged with the murder of Eddie Girvan. Pic Pacemaker
Margaret Henderson, who has been charged with the murder of Eddie Girvan. Pic Pacemaker

A woman was remanded in custody today charged with the murder of Greenisland pensioner Eddie Girvan, who was discovered bound and stabbed.

Mr Girvan was found dead at his home on Station Road, Co Antrim on Monday.

The 67-year-old father of two's hands had been tied behind his back, and he had a stab wound to his chest.

Margaret Henderson, 29, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court today charged with his murder.

The accused, with an address at a homeless hostel on Verner Street in the city, spoke only to confirm she understood the allegation against her, replying: "Aye."

No further details of the alleged killing were disclosed during the hearing.

As Henderson's family sat in the public gallery to offer support, a detective inspector said he could connect her to the charge.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell did not seek bail or question the officer.

However, he described his client as an extremely vulnerable and fragile woman.

Mr Farrell said she should be assessed and treated by medical professionals as soon as possible.

Eddie Girvan
Eddie Girvan
PSNI and forensic officers return to the scene of Eddie Girvan’s murder at his home in Greenisland yesterday
Forensic officers at 162 Station Road where retired plumber Eddie Girvan, 67 was found murdered
Eddie Girvan

District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded Henderson in custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks time.

Two men, aged 23 and 24, who were also arrested in connection with the murder have been released unconditionally.

Mr Givan's Hyundai Sonata was seen leaving the area on Monday.

It then travelled down the motorway before being involved in a minor collision in Belfast city centre, according to police.

The car was later recovered in the Garner Street area.

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