A young dancer stabbed to death by a boyfriend nearly twice her age was killed on the same night she wanted to break up with him, her devastated parents have claimed.
Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, died at the hands of Ben Green, 41, in August before he fatally stabbed himself.
Speaking for the first time since the incident, Maddie’s parents suggested that she wanted to end her relationship with Green on the night that he murdered her.
Mum Rachel, 46, said: ‘We think she actually probably wanted to be able to come home later that evening and say “I’ve ended my relationship with Ben and I’m going to go on holiday next week and have a great time”.’
It has previously been revealed that the dancer had spoken about ending the relationship – but Maddie’s parents had maintained a public silence about the case.
Rachel added that the couple were arguing about Maddie going away without him before their bodies were found at his home in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on August 27.
She described Maddie, who lived with her parents in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, as a ‘perfect’ daughter and friend.
An inquest heard last month that Maddie met Green, a marketing director, at a water management firm in Kettering before getting a marketing job with a construction company.
Rachel told the BBC that she became concerned about Maddie on August 27, when one of her friends asked if she had heard from her daughter, mentioning that she had not joined a group call the previous evening.
They then learnt that Maddie had missed a work meeting before seeing the house on a local news report.
One of Maddie’s friends had gone to Green’s house on the same day before calling the police when there was no answer.
Police had arrived to find the bodies of Maddie and Green alongside one another, each with stab wounds.
Maddie’s dad Steve, 48, said that there were no signs of domestic violence between the couple.
Steve, who had worked with Green, said: ‘The hardest bit with it, we’ll never understand the why.
‘It’ll never come out. We live with that, and unfortunately his family will as well.’
A family statement after Maddie’s death described her as a ‘beautiful person both inside and out’.
They added: ‘Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable.
‘Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met.’
The family held a ‘party-themed’ funeral for her in September, where guests were asked to avoid black clothing and instead ‘dress to impress’.
A full inquest into both deaths is scheduled in January.
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