Ten years for married cop who killed lover

Affair: Brehmer and Claire Parry PICTURES: DORSET POLICE/PA

A MARRIED police officer who strangled his long-term lover when she exposed their affair was jailed for ten-and-a-half years yesterday.

Timothy Brehmer, 41, killed Claire Parry after she had used his phone to text ‘I am cheating on you’ to his wife.

The married nurse, a mum-of-two, suffered fatal neck injuries during a ‘kerfuffle’ in the officer’s car outside the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9 this year.

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, claimed Mrs Parry accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of his car so he could drive away.

A jury at Salisbury crown court cleared him of murder but he had already admitted manslaughter.

Mr Justice Jacobs told the ‘trained and experienced’ road traffic officer he would have known Mrs Parry, also 41, was seriously injured after applying ‘significant force’ with his forearm or elbow, but did nothing to help.

‘You must have known that her body had gone limp after your assault on her,’ the judge added. ‘You must have seen how she was — hanging half out of the car.’

Afterwards, Mrs Parry’s widower Andrew said he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ at the jury’s verdict. He branded Dorset Police officer Brehmer ‘a well-practised liar’.