Married cop who ‘strangled lover’ claims he accidentally killed her as he tried to 'push and pull' her out of his car

A MARRIED cop accused of murdering his lover said he accidentally killed her as he tried to “push and pull her” out of his car.

Timothy Brehmer, 41, is accused of strangling nurse Claire Parry, 41, in a Dorset pub car park on May 9.

His trial at Salisbury Crown Court has previously heard PC Brehmer and Mrs Perry had been having an affair for 10 years.

But Brehmer “angrily and deliberately” strangled her when she sent a text to his wife from his phone saying "I'm cheating on you", jurors were told.

For the first time the court has heard Brehmer's account of what happened inside his Citreon as the lovers argued.

Brehmer's version of events is that he tried to get the nurse out the car but she refused.

In his police interview he claimed he “stabbed himself” before grabbing her arms and legs but she refused to get out of the car.

He said she rolled over onto her front in the vehicle and he then attempted to “hoist” her out by grabbing onto her jeans' pockets.

Brehmer's barrister, Jo Martin QC, gave a description of his version of events.

“Mr Brehmer stabbed his left arm while sitting in the driver's seat and Claire Parry was in the passenger seat. He sat there for some time,” she told the court.

Ms Martin said the blood in the car “is entirely consistent with a period of time where he is sat there with his arm injured and blood pooling down”.

“He gets out of the car and goes round to the passenger side and he tries to get Claire Parry to leave the car.

“He grabs her arm and at some stage he grabs her feet and her legs.”

The defence barrister said Mrs Parry rolled to avoid being pulled from the car and leant over the driver's seat.

“Mr Brehmer then describes trying to get into the car on the passenger side and pushing her out of the car by holding onto the pockets of her jeans and hoisting her up,” jurors heard

“Mrs Parry is then at some stage on her front and that is consistent with the ribbed patterning on her jeans.

“Mr Brehmer says her arms at some stage are in a press up position and he is on the steering wheel side of her trying to get her out.”

The prosecution claim that after “stabbing himself” in the arm, Brehmer a tried to move an unconscious Claire Parry.

Brehmer of Hordle, Hampshire, denies murder but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The trial at Salisbury Crown Court continues.


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 – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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