EXCLUSIVE: Family of ‘arrogant’ killer who ‘murdered his beautiful marketing executive girlfriend and then killed himself’ say they are praying for his victim’s family
The family of ‘arrogant’ killer Ben Green — believed to have murdered his girlfriend before taking his own life — say they are praying for the family of his victim.
Green, 41, was named by police as being suspected of murdering 22-year-old Maddie Durdant-Hollamby before killing himself.
Maddie was the latest in a stringer of younger women Green had dated. She lived with Green at his house in Kettering, Northamptonshire, where they were both found dead shortly after 1pm on Friday.
Police went to the property after a report of concern for her welfare. Police say Maddie’s death is being treated as murder, no arrests have been made and they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the case.
Green’s brother Matthew, 42, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, was not available for comment.
However his step-son Jack said at the family home: ‘As a family we’re grieving. We have issued a statement which says everything we want to say right now.’
Tributes have been paid to Maddie Durdant-Hollamby (pictured), a ‘caring and thoughtful’ marketing executive and dancer after she was found dead at a property in Kettering on Friday
Maddie was found dead at a house alongside Ben Green (pictured), another marketing director whose relatives they are praying for Maddie’s family
Police are treating Maddie’s (pictured) death as murder and said they were not looking for any other suspects
The family’s statement said: ‘Following the sad death of our beloved Ben, we would like to make the following statement.
‘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.
‘We would now respectfully request time to grieve in peace, and would ask members of the media to respect our wishes as we have no further comment to make at this devastating time.’
In a statement issued through police on Sunday, Durdant-Hollamby’s family, from Wimblington in Cambridgeshire, said they were ‘absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece’.
‘Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable,’ they said.
Officers were called to a detached (pictured) property on Slate Drive in Kettering, North Northamptonshire, at around 1pm on Friday over concerns for the welfare of the occupants
Police officers were called to concerns for welfare and made the ‘tragic discovery’ of the bodies of a man and a woman inside. Pictured: Forensic officers on the scene at Slate Drive
‘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.’
DI Nicole Main, of Northamptonshire Police, said: ‘While we await a formal identification of Benjamin, we have taken the step of naming him 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.’
She said both families were ‘overwhelmed with sadness and have asked that they be left in peace at this terribly distressing time’.