Timothy Brehmer: Married police officer jailed for killing his lover after she revealed their affair to his wife

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A married police officer who strangled his lover after she revealed their affair to his wife has been jailed for manslaughter.

Timothy Brehmer, 41, has been sentenced to 10 years and six months for killing mother-of-two Claire Parry, 41, in a pub car park on 9 May after she revealed their affair.

Her cause of death was a brain injury caused by compression of the neck, a post-mortem examination found.

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On Monday a jury took just under three hours to find the ex-Dorset Police officer not guilty of murdering Mrs Parry.

Brehmer had previously admitted manslaughter.

Mr Justice Jacobs said Brehmer would serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he could apply for parole.

Sentencing him at Salisbury Crown Court he said: “This is a case where I should sentence you on the basis you lost your self-control following the sending of the text message to your wife where the affair was revealed, rather than on the basis that you had no intention to kill or cause really serious harm.

“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.

“The evidence from the pathologist was that those injuries which she described as ‘severe’ on a scale of mild, moderate, or severe resulted from the application of significant force to the neck for a period of a minimum of 10 to 30 seconds and possibly longer.

“She said it was difficult to envisage a situation where a struggle in the car imparted the necessary degree of force or could explain the extent and severity of the neck injuries.

“You were a trained and experienced police officer and your character witnesses described how you would help others.

“Yet you did nothing to try to help Claire Parry. You did not ask her how she was. That was because you knew how she was. You could not possibly thought, as you said in your police interview, that she was simply taking a breath.

“You must have known that her body had gone limp after your assault on her. Before you walked to the car park entrance you must have seen how she was – hanging half out of the car.”

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