Dancer killed by boyfriend in suspected murder-suicide ‘was considering breakup’

A dancer thought to have been killed by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide was considering ending their relationship, family friends have reportedly said.

Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, was found dead alongside Ben Green, 41, at a property in Kettering, Northamptonshire, at around 1pm on Friday.

Detectives say they believe the dad-of-three killed his girlfriend before taking his own life and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.

Tributes have flooded in for Maddie, from Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, since her death, with her family penning a heartfelt statement.

But friends in the village have now revealed that her parents were not happy about their daughter’s relationship with Green, who worked as a marketing director.

According to MailOnline, dad Steve, 48, is a former president of Parkfield Sports Club, which he visits regularly with his wife Rachel, 47, and children.

And a pal, who was at the club on Tuesday, said: “[Green] was almost as old as Steve and Rachel and had three kids from a previous marriage and this concerned them.

“Any parent would be worried if their 22-year-old daughter came home with a man like this.”

The male friend, who not been named, also said that Mr Durdant-Hollamby had said his daughter was thinking about breaking up with Green.

“Steve told us that Maddie wasn’t that happy with Ben and had spoken about ending the relationship,” he said.

It is thought that Maddie and Green met while both working in the marketing department at Alumasc, a water management company, and had been together for more than a year.

Reports say she divided her time between living at her parents’ home and staying with Green but, in recent months, was spending longer periods of time living with him.

However, according to neighbours at Green’s home, Maddie was the latest in a string of young girlfriends he had.

One woman told the Sun : “He had at least three girlfriends. They would last about six months and then another one would appear.”

She also branded him as “arrogant” and “very difficult” to get to know.

In a tribute issued through police, Maddie’s family said: “We are absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece.

“Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable.

“She was a beautiful person both inside and out, who loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.

“Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met.

“A talented dancer, her creative talent continued through school and into her career in marketing.

“Her life has been sadly cut short just as her career was blossoming. Our thoughts are with everybody who knew and loved Maddie as much as we did.”

Announcing Mr Green’s identity on Monday, Northamptonshire Polcie said: “Officers investigating the murder of a woman in Kettering have today, Monday, August 30, named a man found dead in the same incident as Benjamin Green, aged 41.

“The bodies of Mr Green and Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, aged 22, of Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, were found at his home in Slate Drive shortly after 1pm on Friday, August 27, following a report of concern for Ms Durdant-Hollamby’s welfare.

“A major investigation was launched into the circumstances of the two deaths, with detectives announcing yesterday, Sunday, August 29, that they are treating Ms Durdant-Hollamby’s death as murder, and are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.”

The force said the investigation into the two deaths continues, and anyone with information is asked to call 101 or submit it online.