Dancer killed by partner in murder-suicide died from stab wounds to her chest

By Tim Hanlon

A dancer died of stab wounds to the chest in what police believe to be murder-suicide by her boyfriend, an inquest has heard.

The body of Maddie Durdant-Hollamby was discovered by police at a property in Slate Drive, Kettering, shortly after 1pm on August 27 following a report of concern for her welfare.

The 22-year-old was found at the same property as Benjamin Green, 41, who died from self-inflicted stab wounds, Northamptonshire Police said.

Green owned the property and it was previously confirmed that the two had been in a relationship.

On Wednesday, senior coroner for Northamptonshire Anne Pember told a brief inquest that Ms Durdant-Hollamby's body was identified by her father.

Ben Green's body was found at the same property as Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, in Kettering (Copyright unknown)

A cause of death was also read to the court as stab wounds to the chest.

The coroner adjourned the inquest until January 13 next year.

Police said Ms Durdant-Hollamby's death was being treated as murder and no-one else was being sought in connection with the incident.

In a statement released after her death, Ms Durdant-Hollamby's family said: "We are absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece.

"Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman" her family said in a statement ("Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman" her family said in a statement)

"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."

Det Insp Nicole Main reportedly said the police was providing support for Ms Durdant-Hollamby's family "as we work to answer their questions about how she came to lose her life".

"Our investigation has found no known background of domestic abuse in this case so far, but we continue to appeal to anyone with any information they believe to be relevant to our inquiries to contact us."

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