Boyfriend who ‘murdered dancer before killing himself’ is pictured

A man suspected of murdering his 22-year-old girlfriend in Northamptonshire before taking his own life has been pictured.

Benjamin Green, 41, is the only suspect in the death of Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, police said today.

Their bodies were found at his home in Kettering at 1pm on Friday.

Friends said Green, a marketing director at a water management company and a children’s cancer charity trustee, and Maddie had been dating for two years.

Maddie, from Cambridgeshire, was a marketing executive and talented dancer described as ‘kind, caring and thoughtful’.

Her mum Rachel, 46, wrote in a tribute on Facebook: ‘These are the hardest words we have ever had to write.

‘Our beautiful beautiful Maddie is gone. She has grown her own set of wings and gone to fly with the angels.

‘22 years of loving this amazing girl will never be enough, we thought we had a lifetime ahead of us.

‘Please hold your loved ones a little tighter and kiss them a little longer, you never know when it may be your last opportunity.

‘Baby girl, you were our world and our lives are not complete without you in it. Heaven is so lucky to have you.’

Neighbours said Green came across as ‘arrogant’ and often had ‘at least three girlfriends’ who were in their 20s.

But a friend told the Sun: ‘Ben and Maddie had been together for about two years and were really happy. They’d recently been abroad on holiday and he has just been promoted at work.

‘They had everything going for them and everything to live for. I cannot believe he has killed Maddie and then taken his own life.

‘He doesn’t have it in his bones to do that. I don’t know what’s happened, I don’t know what’s gone wrong but it’s very distressing. Ben’s a good guy.’

Northamptonshire Police detective inspector Nicole Main said this afternoon: ‘While we await a formal identification of Benjamin, we have taken the step of naming him today with the support of his family.

‘We understand he and Maddie had been in a relationship, and are working to establish as much as is possible about the circumstances in which they died.

‘This is an incredibly sad case, and we ask that the grief and privacy of both families are respected by the media as they mourn their loved ones.

‘They are overwhelmed with sadness and have asked that they be left in peace at this terribly distressing time.’

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