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Woman due in court accused of murdering Eddie Girvan, who was tied up on chair and stabbed in chest in Greenisland

A 29-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of Eddie Girvan in Greenisland. She is due in court in Belfast on Friday.

The retired plumber, who was found murdered in his own home, was tied up on a chair and stabbed in the chest.

The body of Mr Girvan who was aged in his 70s, was discovered in his Station Road home shortly before 9.30pm on Monday. He was found with his hands bound and had suffered a stab wound to the chest.

Police spent most of the day at the scene and on Tuesday afternoon declared his death as murder.

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

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.

Mr Girvan had two daughters. Neighbours have described him as a quiet man and said he was known as a bit of a character, but someone who kept himself to himself.

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Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson, who knew Mr Girvan well, said the local community was in shock following the death.

He said: “This stretch of road is a quiet residential area and this death will stun people there. I am very shocked and saddened by this incident, particularly as I knew the deceased well, as did many people in the area.

“This death will be hard to fathom for the whole community. My deepest condolences are with this poor man’s family and friends at this most traumatic of times.

“I would appeal to anyone with information on this sad incident to contact police immediately.”

East Antrim DUP MLA Gordon Lyons said he was "shocked and saddened" to hear of the death.

He said: "My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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