A MARRIED cop sobbed “it's clearly my fault” that his lover died after choking her for 30 seconds in his car, a court was told.

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

The married officer "angrily and deliberately" strangled Claire after she threatened to reveal their ten-year affair to his wife, jurors heard today.

She went in cardiac arrest after the horror and suffered a devastating brain injury, the court was told.

Brehmer denies murder but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

In an interview with police played to the jury at Salisbury Crown Court, Brehmer said Mrs Parry had asked to meet him and she was "angry" when she arrived.

He said that prior to the visit, he had tried to buy a rope with which to kill himself but had been unable to do so.

Brehmer said after Mrs Parry sent a message on his phone to his wife saying he had been cheating on her, he tried to pull her from his car and a struggled ensued.

He said: "I was trying so hard to pull her out of the car, I had no intention of hurting her, I didn't hit her or anything like that."

Sobbing, he added: "I can only think she suffocated, I am so sorry, it's clearly my fault and I will go to jail for such a long time and I will lose my boy. I am so sorry.”

Pathologist Dr Amanda Jeffrey said the mum-of-two suffered "severe" and "prominent" neck injuries, including fractures to a bone and two cartilages.

Salisbury Crown Court heard she may have been strangled for between ten to 30 seconds as she had facial haemorrhaging consistent with being throttled for that length of time.

She died from hypoxic-ischemic brain injury – the deprivation of blood to the brain, it was said.


Dr Jeffrey said: "Mrs Parry was found slumped out of the door… she was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest.

"After several attempts at resuscitation her heart was restarted but she had unsurvivable hypoxic-ischemic injuries to the brain.

"This is damage caused by the reduction of the supply of blood to the brain."

The pathologist told the court Claire's neck injuries were "severe" – indicating "significant force to the neck".

She also showed jurors how the nurse might have been strangled in the crook of a forearm as there was bruising on her jaw.

Dr Jeffery said: "If an assailant's arm is against the neck and the person is struggling, to get away the person's jaw could be brought down to help wriggle free."

The court was told Claire had bruises and abrasions all over her body and air was "escaping" out of her windpipe.

Brehmer, who is 6ft and weighed just under 14 stone, claims he was trying to get 5ft 9in Claire out of the car when she died.

Jurors were also told Brehmer's mobile was wiped around the time he allegedly murdered Claire.

A factory reset was carried out at 3.05pm – five minutes after Claire was killed.

But the information on the phone – including WhatsApp and Telegram messages – will not be available until 2039, it was said.

The jury also heard how a partial extraction was completed on Claire's phone – including a draft message she wrote for Brehmer's wife where she branded him a "manw***e".

But cops couldn't crack a passcode on Claire's Apple smartwatch that would have given the time her heart stopped beating, jurors were told.

The court heard previously how Brehmer broke down when paramedics arrived at the scene.

He said "god, she's got kids" after allegedly strangling the mum-of-two in a Citroen C1.

Brehmer also sobbed "I've f***ed up" and told officers "I'm sorry" as they came to arrest him, it was said.


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.

The court was told Brehmer said to a paramedic "what's my mother going to say?" and repeatedly told them "she was so, so angry".

Jurors previously heard he told wife Martha at around 12pm he was going to pick up some steaks for a family BBQ planned later that day, it was said.

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 actually sent the text to Martha after growing "angry and upset" with her lover.

She had allegedly discovered Brehmer was having affairs with at least two other women and was dubbed "Mr Smooth" for his string of mistresses.

The trial continues.

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