Dancer stabbed to death after trying to break up with boyfriend

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Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, and Ben Green, 41, previously fell out over an episode of Love Island because she found a contestant attractive

A dancer was stabbed to death by her “jealous” boyfriend as she went to his house to break up with him, an inquest has learned.

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Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, was stabbed repeatedly by her controlling partner Ben Green, 41, after she went to his home to end their relationship.

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An inquest revealed that on August 27 last year he became enraged and stabbed Maddie three times at the Slate Drive property in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

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Marketing director Mr Green then turned the blade on himself before officers discovered his body in the kitchen.

Maddie was found dead upstairs in the bedroom, her phone by her side, and despite the best efforts of medics, nothing could be done to save the couple.

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A senior coroner was moved to tears as details of the tragic murder suicide were leaked to an inquest at Northampton’s Guildhall on Thursday (7 July).

“They once quarreled because they found a Love Island contestant attractive”

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The hearing was told that talented head of marketing Maddie had left to fire Mr Green face-to-face rather than over a text message as she felt it was the right thing to do.

But within 10 minutes of arriving at the house, she had been stabbed, and one of the stabs was so severe that the blade broke off in the wound.

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Mr Green then went downstairs and took his own life.

Maddie Durdant-Hollamby (left) and the crime scene (right). Image: SWNS

Friends of Maddie’s in Wimbington, Cambridgeshire, said Mr Green was a “jealous person” who regularly checked Maddie’s texts.

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Abbie Green said the couple once argued for days over an episode of Love Island after Maddie told him she found one of the contestants attractive.

She said they also fell out over her decision to go on a family vacation to Jamaica with her parents without him.

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Abbie said: “I thought he was quite controlling. But he made Maddie happy.

“They had a fight once because a Love Island contestant found them attractive.

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“He would check her phone’s lock screen for messages.”

“Love You XX”: Maddie’s last message to friends

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She went on to tell her friends that she wasn’t sure what to do with her boyfriend and that they were on different paths.

On August 25, the day before Maddie’s death, the trio discussed their options and Maddie decided to go to Mr Green’s after work the next day to break up with him.

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She told the group that he “wouldn’t let her do it over text” and that she felt she owed it to him to do it face-to-face.

The next day at 3:35 p.m., she texted her friends from work and said, “I’m so nervous.”

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Then at 5:51 p.m. she asked her friends to call her in an hour if they hadn’t heard from her.

A minute later she texted them with the message “Love You XX” and that was the last message she ever sent.

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The group heard no more from Maddie and attempted to text and call her on numerous occasions that evening.

Abbie even tried to call Mr Green’s phone and left a message at 10.10pm that evening to check everything was ok.

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The next morning, August 27, they kept trying to get in touch with their friend but got no response, so they contacted Maddie’s mother, Rachel.

Abbie added: “I was beginning to think they had made up. It wasn’t her style not to answer.

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“I tried to call Ben and texted him. I didn’t want to cause a problem for Maddie. The next day I tried calling again but no answer.”

At 1:30 p.m. that day, officers were called to the house he had moved into shortly before the killing to conduct a social check.

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They found Mr Green in a pool of blood in the kitchen and Maddie on top of the bed. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Northamptonshire Chief Medical Examiner Anne Pember broke down when the inquest was told how the loss of Maddie had left her heartbroken mother.

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Rachel Durdant-Hollamby said her daughter grew up dancing and said the couple had many “cherished mother-daughter moments” before their son Fabian was born.

The court was told how Maddie was in love with her little brother, even changing his diapers and caring for him while their mother tended to household chores.

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“She was just perfect”

Rachel said in a statement read in court: “Maddie was incredibly generous and enjoyed nothing better than to spoil her family and friends.

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“I feel like our lives have been destroyed and torn apart. I can’t see a way forward

“There is a huge hole in our lives, I want to be a family of four again. She was just perfect.

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“I’m trying to keep it together for Fabian. I want the rest of his childhood to be as great as Maddie’s.”

She said she felt robbed to help Maddie choose her wedding dress, choose furniture for her house with her, and kiss her babies.

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Rachel added: “I just miss her.

“There’s a huge hole in our lives where Maddie should be. She was just perfect and loving. We want her back.

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“We were best friends. She will always be my best friend. My heart is broken.”

Maddie began seeing Mr Green at Christmas 2019 after they met at the marketing firm where her father Steve Durdant-Hollamby worked.

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While waiting for his house to be built, Mr. Green even lived with Maddie’s family for five weeks, befriending her father and going hunting with him.

Mom Rachel said she didn’t see anything wrong with the relationship and didn’t notice any abusive behavior.

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“This is the saddest case I’ve ever heard”

Anne Pember, Northamptonshire’s senior coroner, got emotional and had to pause as she recorded a verdict on unlawful killings.

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She said: “In my 27 years as a coroner, I think this is the saddest case I have ever heard of.

“I cannot imagine your pain at the loss of your daughter. I’m really sorry for your loss.”

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A separate inquest into Mr Green’s death then took place, in which the coroner concluded that he had taken his own life.

The hearing was told he was married for ten years and had three children before their marriage broke up in 2007.

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He was on friendly terms with his ex-wife, who, upon learning of the deaths, said, “He wouldn’t harm a fly.”

His brother Thomas Green told the court: “Ben is not violent. I think he would have come forward before he did anything like that. It’s a big shock.”

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The inquest reached a verdict of wrongful death/suicide.

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