Published: 11:37, 08 September 2021
| Updated: 14:44, 08 September 2021
A former Kent schoolgirl killed in what police believe to be murder-suicide by her boyfriend died of stab wounds to the chest, an inquest has heard.
The body of Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, a former pupil at Abbey School in Faversham, was found by police at a property in Slate Drive, in Kettering, shortly after 1pm on August 27, following a report of concern for her welfare.
Benjamin Green, 41, was also found at the same property, which he owned, and it was previously confirmed that the two had been in a relationship.
He died from self-inflicted stab wounds, Northamptonshire Police said.
Senior coroner for Northamptonshire, Anne Pember, told a brief inquest today that Ms Durdant-Hollamby’s body was identified by her father.
A cause of death was also read to the court as stab wounds to the chest.
The coroner adjourned the inquest until January 13 next year.
Police said Ms Durdant-Hollamby’s death was being treated as murder and no one else was being sought.
The young woman was also believed to have been a student at Deborah Capon College in Whitstable, before she moved out of Kent.
Tributes were paid to Ms Durdant-Hollamby by her family following her death.
In a statement they said: “We are 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.
“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.”