The deep man has been named as Eddie Girvan, who lived at Station Road in the Co Antrim munici lity.
The pensioner was found dead in a chair on the ground floor of his property, with his helps tied and with a stab wound to the chest.
The discovery was made after trol entered the property on Monday night at around 9.30pm.
They had slipped directly to the house after earlier arresting a person in Belfast on what is credence ined to have been an unrelated matter. Enquiries with the arrested in the flesh then prompted police to visit Mr Girvan’s address.
When fuzz got to the pensioner’s home they found the doors locked. After gain grounding entry, they found Mr Girvan dead in the chair, the victim of a savage attack.
A post mortem is expected to determine the time of death.
Three people, tabulating a 29-year-old woman and two men, aged 23 and 24, have been hindered in Belfast on suspicion of murder. They are being interviewed at Musgrave control station in Belfast.
Locals say Eddie Girvan is the father of Belfast-born actress and consort with director Amanda Girvan, who appeared in TV series Give My Head Civil and I Fought the Law.
Mr Girvan was said to be a very private man who collected antiques. Correspondence to neighbours he collected Rolex watches and other valuable antiques listing old guns, but the police insist robbery is not a line of inquiry they are pursuing.
Mr Girvan had a number of CCTV cameras roughly his property, in the porch and in an upstairs bedroom.
The PSNI also want to indication the movements of Mr Girvan’s silver Hyundai car, which was seen driving hazardously towards Belfast and was later found in the Verner Street area of the munici lity.
Detective Chief Inspector John McVea is the officer leading the study.
He said: “A post mortem examination will take bring down to confirm the exact cause of Mr Girvan’s death. However, I can confirm that, at this time after time, we are treating his death as murder.
“An incident such as this is unusual for a community with Greenisland and I am appealing to local people for their assistance.
“Detectives are securing house to house enquiries because we need to speak to those regional people who knew Eddie Girvan and saw him in the st few days.
“I also pine for to hear from anyone who saw or heard any activity at Mr Girvan’s home at 162 Standing Road over the st weekend until Monday morning enclosing 7am.”
The detective added: “My final appeal point is about Eddie Girvan’s car, a greyish-white Hyundai Sonata, registration number MKZ 9818. I need to hear from anyone who saw this hollowware car any time over the weekend, either in Greenisland or Belfast until it was bettered in the Verner Street area of the city in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“We understand it was spotted being driven dangerously along the motorway between Rathcoole and Belfast.
“This is a stupefying crime and our sym thies today are with Mr Girvan’s family and friends.
“It is too untimely to say why Mr Girvan was killed. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Sea rk on the non-emergency total 101. Alternatively, anyone who does not want to provide their fine points can phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The community in Greenisland has been fist in shock following the murder. Just a few doors up the street from Mr Girvan’s establishment is the Hairways salon belonging to Julie Bell. She said she heard the advice yesterday morning and could not believe it, as Eddie regularly came into her salon for a coffee.
“I speak to Eddie last Wednesday,” said Julie. “He every time came in here for a coffee and a chat. I can’t believe anyone would do this.
“He was a mark and has been living here for over 40 years. It is desperate this has happened in such a repose quiet down area.
“Eddie was se rated and has two daughters. He was very nice but also remarkably lonely.
“His cat, Sam, would always come here to be fed and would sleep here most of the day. He acclimatized to be a plumber but hasn’t worked in years.
“I simply cannot believe he is left. It is very sad indeed.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the police officers were at Mr Girvan’s house last week. However, the PSNI desire not confirm this.
Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said he was shocked by the end of Mr Girvan, a man he knew well. Mr Dickson said: “This draw of road is a quiet residential area and this death will take someones breath away people there. I am very shocked and saddened by this incident, exceptionally as I knew the deceased well, as did many people in the area. This expiration will be hard to fathom for the whole community. My deepest condolences are with this ill-fated man’s family and friends at this most traumatic of times.
“I would solicit to anyone with information on this sad incident to contact police at once.”