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PC Timothy Brehmer's ex-colleagues slam his 10 year jail time for brutally strangling his lover

Dorset Police issued this mugshot of Timothy Brehmer after he was acquitted of murdering his long-term lover Colleagues of a married police officer jailed for ten years for choking his lover to death slammed his sentence today, declaring 'no-one would think it is nearly enough'.

Timothy Brehmer, 41, described as a 'man wh**e' and 'womaniser' in court, was alleged to have 'angrily' throttled nurse Claire Parry in his car in West Parley, Dorset, in May - moments after she texted his detective wife 'I'm cheating on you' from his phone.

But although the police constable used enough force to fracture her neck in three places, jurors in Salisbury decided he had not intended to kill Mrs Parry, prompting him to receive a 10 year, six month sentence.

A Dorset Police source told MailOnline: ‘A lot of Tim’s former colleagues were surprised that he was found not guilty of murder.

‘He will now only serve ten years for her manslaughter but will likely be out in half that time on licence.

‘When you think that Andrew Parry will never see his wife again and his children will never see their mum again, you have to question if 10-years is a suitable punishment.

‘I don’t think anybody would think it’s nearly enough.

‘He has taken a life and in the process left a whole family devastated.’  The outrage came after the police officer of 17 years was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court after he admitted killing mother-of-two Mrs Parry by manslaughter. 

Nurse Claire Parry

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

In an pointed remark at the killer police officer he said he did not believe evidence he gave that he had not realised she was dying. 

He added: '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 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.

'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.

'In evidence you said you did not realise she was poorly. I consider that you appreciated that she was much worse than that. 

A police photograph of Brehmer's grey Citroen car in which Claire Parry died at the Horns Inn

'There was a significant mental and physical suffering caused to the deceased who must have appreciated that her life was being taken from her and who, on the evidence of the bruising to her body, must have fought hard against you, if only for a short while.

'You sought at the scene to blame her for stabbing you and thereby lied to the police and others who are asking you what has happened.

'These lies were in my view particularly serious, bearing in mind that you were a service police officer and the public is entitled to expect a person in your position to tell other police officers the truth.'

Outside court Detective Chief Inspector Richard Dixey, of Dorset Police, today condemned his colleague for breaking 'all policing values'.

He said: 'This is a case where there are no winners. The actions of Mr Brehmer... have caused devastation and pain for two families. The loss of Claire is something that Andy Parry, his children and her extended family and friends will have to live with for the rest of their lives.' 

It was revealed yesterday that Brehmer was known by his colleagues in the force as a 'sexual predator' who preyed on 'vulnerable' emergency workers.

A source within Dorset Police told MailOnline how well-spoken Brehmer had a reputation at work as a ladies' man who managed to charm a number of lovers from within his own unit.

They said the smooth-talking officer, who is married to a detective in the same force, told each woman 'you are the only one for me' and sent song lyrics and sexualised messages to 'suck them in'.

Brehmer's mother, Rosalyn Chivers, and his sister Kirsten cried and hugged each other moments after the verdict was delivered.

In his trial, Brehmer said he was trying to push Mrs Parry out of his car in a struggle after she confronted him because she was 'angry' at discovering his previous affairs.

He described the incident as a 'kerfuffle', claiming he 'fell on top of her by accident more than anything' and his arms must have 'slipped up' around her neck while he was behind her in a 'piggy-back position'


He sobbed as he told jurors: 'I'm responsible for her death. I must have [used too much force]. I absolutely did not want to kill her or cause serious bodily harm. I didn't intend to kill her.' 

Mrs Parry was left with 'unsurvivable brain injuries' after she was strangled in the car park of the Horns Inn pub at about 3pm on May 9 and died in hospital the next day.

Her marriage to Dorset Police officer Andrew Parry was falling apart as he discovered her relationship with Brehmer, also of Dorset Police, however Brehmer's detective wife, also from the same force, had no idea about his flings.

Brehmer said: 'Never for one second did I ever intend to hurt her, we'd been seeing each other on and off for 11 years, I can't say that I loved her but I definitely cared for her.

'Things had changed recently, it had all gone so wrong. It was always the unwritten rule of the affair that you don't ask about the other people but all of a sudden she wanted to know all about my life.' 

Detective Constable Kate Rhodes, pictured earlier in the trial, who 'quickly fell in love' with Brehmer, branded him a 'man w***e'

Timothy Brehmer, described as a 'man wh**e' and 'womaniser' in court, with his wife Martha Parry at the family home

Brehmer's sister Kirsten (left) and his mother Rosalyn Chivers (right) at Salisbury Crown Court on October 22

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