Killer police officer jailed for 10 years after lover revealed affair to his wife

A MARRIED police officer who strangled his long-term lover after she revealed their affair to his wife has been put behind bars.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 11:53 am

Timothy Brehmer, 41 of Woodcock Lane in Hordle, Hampshire, killed mother-of-two Claire Parry after she sent a text message from his phone to his wife saying ‘I am cheating on you.’

Mrs Parry, 41, died after a scuffle in Brehmer’s car in the car park of the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9.

Brehmer, a constable with Dorset Police and an ‘experienced’ road traffic officer, claimed the married nurse accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of his Citroen car so he could drive away.

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Former police officer Timothy Brehmer (left) and mother-of-two Claire Parry, who died his car on May 9. Picture: Dorset Police/PA Wire

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Following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court, he was acquitted of murder by a jury, but had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Jacobs said: ‘I am sure that you did deliberately take Claire Parry by the neck, applying significant force with your forearm or the crook of your elbow for a period of time while she struggled against you thereby causing the severe neck injuries which the pathologist described.

‘Yet you did nothing to try to help Claire Parry. You must have known that her body had gone limp after your assault on her.

‘It must have been obvious to you, as a trained police officer with extensive experience of casualties in traffic accidents, that she was not breathing.’

The court heard that Brehmer, whose wife was also a police officer, and Mrs Parry had been having an affair for more than 10 years.

Described as a ‘womaniser’ he told the court that he had planned to kill himself because of the consequences to his family of their affair being revealed.

In the days before her death, Mrs Parry had started to believe that her marriage to Andrew Parry, who is also a Dorset Police officer, was coming to an end, as well as her relationship with the defendant.

Brehmer was jailed for 10 years, with the judge saying he will serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he can apply for parole.

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