Timothy Brehmer was paid his salary for two months AFTER he admitted killing his long-term lover

Dorset Police said they had to continue to pay Timothy Brehmer, 41, his salary for two months after he admitted killing his married lover

Dorset Police said they had to continue to pay Timothy Brehmer, 41, his salary for two months after he admitted killing his married lover

Police officer Timothy Brehmer continued to receive his salary for two months after he admitted killing his married lover.

The disgraced officer, 41, described as a ‘man wh**e’ and ‘womaniser’ in court, was jailed after being convicted of causing the death of mother-of-two Claire Parry, 41, in a pub car park in West Parley, Dorset, in May. 

Dorset Police said misconduct proceedings were ‘fast-tracked’ the moment Brehmer entered a guilty plea to manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court on July 8 but rules meant they had to continue paying Brehmer until he could be formally dismissed.

The 41-year-old was found not guilty of the mother-of-two’s murder, but was convicted of her manslaughter and jailed for ten-and-a-half years last month.

In a statement, the force said: ‘As set out by The Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 and the Police Reform Act 2002, pay can only be stopped once an officer is formally dismissed.

‘As soon as Timothy Brehmer entered his guilty plea at court, fast-track misconduct proceedings were commenced and a hearing was held at the first available opportunity, which resulted in him being dismissed as soon as was practical.’

Brehmer was jailed for causing the death of mother-of-two Claire Parry, 41, in a pub car park in West Parley, Dorset, in May

Brehmer was jailed for causing the death of mother-of-two Claire Parry, 41, in a pub car park in West Parley, Dorset, in May

The married police constable (pictured with his wife) was found not guilty of murder, but was convicted of her manslaughter

The married police constable (pictured with his wife) was found not guilty of murder, but was convicted of her manslaughter

Brehmer strangled the nurse in his car at the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9 2020, moments after their affair was exposed to his wife.   

In his trial, Brehmer claimed the married nurse accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of his Citroen car so he could drive away. 

The Dorset Police officer, who is married to a detective in the same force, claimed 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. 

Trial judge Mr Justice Jacobs said he sentenced Brehmer for manslaughter on the basis that he ‘lost control’ after Mrs Parry sent the text message to his wife, Martha, also a police officer.

‘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,’ he said.

The judge said that as a ‘trained and experienced’ road traffic police officer, Brehmer would have known Mrs Parry was seriously injured.

‘You were a trained and experienced police officer and your character witnesses described how you would help others.

Brehmer claimed the married nurse accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of his Citroen car (pictured) so he could drive away

Brehmer claimed the married nurse accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of his Citroen car (pictured) so he could drive away

The officer claimed he 'fell on top of her by accident more than anything' and his arms must have 'slipped up' around her neck'. Pictured: Police footage of Brehmer being treated by paramedics after Ms Parry's death

The officer claimed he ‘fell on top of her by accident more than anything’ and his arms must have ‘slipped up’ around her neck’. Pictured: Police footage of Brehmer being treated by paramedics after Ms Parry’s death

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, will serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he can apply for parole

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, will serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he can apply for parole

‘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,’ the judge said.

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, will serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he can apply for parole.

A one-page summary of his misconduct hearing on September 16 found there was ‘incontrovertible evidence’ Brehmer committed gross misconduct.

The summary, released under Freedom of Information laws, said: ‘Despite an unblemished service record and a high degree of remorse shown by the officer, public confidence would be significantly undermined if any sanction other than dismissal without notice were to be considered.’  

The Attorney General’s Office has referred the case back to the Court of Appeal after receiving a complaint under the unduly lenient sentence scheme, while Brehmer himself has also applied to appeal against the length of the custodial term handed down to him. 

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