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‘Womaniser’ killer cop who strangled nurse lover to death in pub car park jailed

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A 'womaniser, man whore' police officer who strangled his nurse lover to death in a pub car park after she revealed their affair to his wife has been jailed for 10 years and six months.

PC Timothy Brehmer, 41, 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 during a "melee" in his car in the car park at the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9 this year.

Brehmer was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court on Wednesday morning, having been cleared of murder by a jury on Tuesday.

He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

In a tearful plea to the jury during the murder trial, Brehmer had claimed: "I absolutely did not want to kill her or cause serious bodily harm. I didn't intend to kill her."

The court heard that the affair between the serving officer and A&E nurse Mrs Parry started after they met through work in 2006 – the same year Brehmer married his wife, DC Martha Brehmer.

They didn't start a relationship until years later, with Brehmer, dressed in a blue shirt with blue trousers and glasses, telling jurors it was "compartmentalised".

Describing the affair, Mr Brehmer said: "We didn't have to worry about the domestic things at home, you could be all of your good things, not your bad things, none of your vulnerabilities.

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"It was a suspended state of your best self. It was an affair, that's what you have an affair for."

He added: "It wasn't sexual initially. It was sexually flirtatious, predominantly by text and infrequently but it developed.

"I didn't tell her I was married and similarly she didn't tell me she was married.

"The relationship was very compartmentalised, we didn't talk about our family or family units because we both loved them separately.

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"She was very proud of her family and I was very proud of mine."

The jury at Salisbury Crown Court took two hours and 50 minutes to find Timothy Brehmer not guilty of Claire Parry's murder in a unanimous verdict.

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