A MARRIED cop has today been jailed for ten years and six months years for killing his lover as she told his wife about their 11-year affair.
Timothy Brehmer was unanimously cleared of the murder of murder of Claire Parry by a jury yesterday but previously admitted manslaughter.PC Timothy Brehmer pictured with his wife Martha Brehmer admitted manslaughter and was cleared of murder Claire Parry worked as a nurse and was in a relationship with Brehmer for 11 years Brehmer sobbed as paramedics treated him in the car park
The 41-year-old former officer killed the mum-of-two as she sent a message from his phone to his partner saying "I'm cheating on you".
Brehmer, who served with Dorset Police, claimed the married nurse died in a "kerfuffle" as he was trying to drive away from a pub car park.
He claimed it had been an "accident" as he tried to bundle the 41-year-old out of the car.
The disgraced ex-cop was sentenced this morning by Mr Justice Jacobs at Salisbury Crown Court.
The judge told Brehmer before handing down the sentence: "Claire leaves behind two grieving parents, her husband and two young children to whom she was a devoted mother.
"It is no surprise that her parents spoke of their pride in her achievements and proud of the untold number of lives she helped to prove and save.
"Your actions have stolen the childhood and the life her children should have enjoyed with their mother."Claire Parry died in hospital after she was found injured in a pub car park Timothy Brehmer sobs to paramedics after the incident PC Brehmer, 41, admitted the manslaughter of nurse Claire Parry Brehmer's mother, Rosalyn Chivers, and his sister Kirsten cried and hugged each other moments after the verdict was delivered The family of Claire Parry outside court yesterday
The Bournemouth Echo reports he called the ex-cop a "dangerous offender", adding: "I should sentence on you that you lost your self control following the message that was sent to your wife, rather than you unintentionally killing Mrs Parry."
Justice Jacobs said: "Your statement at the scene that you were going to prison for a long time might reflect the fact that you knew full well what you had done.
"You were crying because you appreciated the enormity of what you had done and the impact it would have on you."
Yesterday Mrs Parry's family condemned Brehmer for being "the worst kind of thief" - who "robbed her children of a million hugs and kisses from their mummy".
Her husband Andrew Parry launched a scathing attack on Brehmer as he read his victim impact statement to jurors, claiming the police officer told "lie after lie" and shed "crocodile tears" during the trial.
The Dorset Police constable said: "Claire meant so much to so many people and he has robbed me of the opportunity to save my marriage.
"This trial has been a whole new level of pain and humiliation for me, listening to Brehmer tell lie after lie."
This man has caused devastating changes to our lives which we will always live with and suffer.
Claire Parry's parents
And he revealed how he was left feeling "helpless" as his daughter woke up crying for her mother - while their son had at first thought he was joking when he told them their mum had died.
He said: "I was so useless. I have never felt so lonely."
Jane and Philip Jordan, Mrs Parry's parents, added: "This man has caused devastating changes to our lives which we will always live with and suffer."
Brehmer's mother, Rosalyn Chivers, and his sister Kirsten cried and hugged each other moments after the verdict was delivered.
The court had previously heard the married officer broke down when paramedics rushed to the scene.
Jurors at Salisbury Crown Court heard how Brehmer, who was described as a “womaniser” and “man w****”, sobbed: "I've f***ed up".
The officer also said "god, she's got kids" after he was accused of strangling the mum-of-two in a Citroen C1.
Jurors were shown bodycam footage of Brehmer crying and saying "I'm sorry" as officers told him he would be arrested.
Jo Martin QC, defending, said Brehmer was remorseful for his actions and told her after being acquitted of murder: "It doesn't change anything. I am still responsible for Claire's death."
She added: "Mr Brehmer pleaded guilty to the offence which is one indication of remorse. His remorse is genuine and will live with him long past any sentence this court imposes."
'COERCIVE AND CONTROLLING'
Brehmer - described in court as a "womaniser" - said he had planned to kill himself because of the consequences to his family of their affair being revealed.
Mrs Parry was left with "unsurvivable brain injuries" after she was strangled in the car park of the Horns Inn pub in West Parley, Dorset, around 3pm on May 9 and died in hospital the next day.
A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was a brain injury caused by compression of the neck.
The court heard previously how Brehmer had told wife Martha at around 12pm he was going to pick up some steaks for a family BBQ planned later that day.
Around three hours later, she received a message saying "I am cheating on you" from her husband's phone.
The court was told Claire had sent the text to Martha after growing "angry and upset" with her lover.
In the days before her death, Mrs Parry had started to believe her marriage was coming to an end as well as her relationship with the defendant.
The court heard she discovered Brehmer was having affairs with at least two other women and was dubbed "Mr Smooth" for his string of mistresses.
Mrs Parry had found out he had had a relationship with fellow police officer Kate Rhodes at the same time he was seeing her.
Giving evidence at Salisbury Crown Court, Ms Rhodes, a detective constable, said Brehmer used "grooming" techniques to exert "coercive and controlling behaviour" over women.
She said: "Tim had some sort of hold over me, that's the only way I can describe it."
Brehmer said that when Mrs Parry drove into the car park she was angry, and after she got into his vehicle she asked for his phone so she could look through his social media apps.
He said that at one point he stabbed his arm three times with a penknife but Mrs Parry "did not care".
He said he demanded she get out of his car but she refused, so he first tried to pull her out before he "bundled" into the car to try to push her out, and his arm "must have slipped up in all the melee".
At the time of the incident, Brehmer was seconded to the National Police Air Service based at Bournemouth Airport. He has since been sacked by Dorset Police.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:Always keep your phone nearby. Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine. If you are in danger, call 999. Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”. Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare. If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone. Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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