A man who fatally stabbed his younger girlfriend before killing himself died from a neck wound, an inquest heard, (Thursday, September 16, 2021).
Ben Green’s body was found alongside 22-year-old dancer Maddie Durdant-Hollamby at his modern detached home in Slate Drive, Kettering, at lunchtime on August 27.
Northamptonshire’s Assistant Coroner Hassan Shah opened an inquest into the death of 41-year-old Mr Green, who police had said suffered self-inflicted fatal stab wounds.
Concerns were raised for the safety of Maddie, who worked in marketing, on August 27. When the police arrived, they found the bodies of the couple.
A murder inquiry was launched. The police believe Ben Green, who worked as a marketing director at a water firm, killed Maddie before taking his own life. Officers said they were not looking for anyone else.
At a brief hearing in Northamptonshire Coroner’s Court at Sessions House, George Row, Northampton, Mr Shah said the provisional cause of death was given by pathologist Michael Biggs as an incised wound to the neck, pending toxicology and histology reports.
The coroner said Benjamin Green’s body had been identified by his father Anthony at Leicester Royal Infirmary on September 1.
He adjourned the hearing for a full inquest on Thursday January 13 – the same day as Maddie’s inquest.
At the opening of her inquest last week the provisional cause of death was given as stab wounds to the chest.
Maddie’s parents Stephen and Rachel from Wimblington in Cambridgeshire said in a statement they were absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, who was a beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece.
The statement went on: “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.”
In a statement released earlier, Ben Green’s family said: “Ben was an extremely loving father to three extraordinary young children and was a beloved partner to his ex-wife. He was also a loving son, brother, uncle, and nephew.
“There are no words to describe the extremely sad circumstance of this tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with Maddie’s family, loved ones and friends.
Detective Inspector Nicole Main of Northants police said: “Maddie Durdant-Hollamby was a young woman with a bright future ahead of her, and we are making sure her family are fully supported 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.”