Killer police officer described as a ‘man whore’ who ‘used grooming techniques’

A killer westcountry cop was a “man-whore womaniser” who used grooming techniques to exert “coercive and controlling behaviour” over women, a court has heard.

Dorset police officer Timothy Brehmer was today found not guilty of murdering his long-term lover after she revealed their affair to his wife.

However, Brehmer had previously admitted the manslaughter of the married nurse who he had been having an affair with for more than 10 years.

A jury took just under three hours to find “man whore” Timothy Brehmer, 41, not guilty of murdering mother-of-two Claire Parry.

The police constable had at least two affairs while married to his wife, Martha, also a police officer.

But his cheating ways came to an end when long-term lover Claire Parry revealed to Brehmer’s wife Martha that he had been unfaithful. Minutes later Mrs Parry suffered fatal injuries at Brehmer’s hands.

Ms Parry died during a “kerfuffle” in his car at a car park of the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9.

The court heard that while the pair were in the car, Mrs Parry had taken the Brehmer’s phone and sent a message to his wife saying: “I am cheating on you.”

Brehmer claimed she accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of the vehicle so he could drive away

Mrs Parry, a nurse and mother of two who was also married to a police officer, had become enraged with Brehmer after she found out that he had had a relationship with fellow police officer Kate Rhodes at the same time he was seeing her.

Ms Rhodes gave evidence against Brehmer in the trial

Brehmer claimed Ms Parry accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of the vehicle so he could drive away. He told the court he had planned to go and kill himself because of the consequences to his family of their affair being revealed.

The trial heard that in the days before her death, Mrs Parry had started to believe her marriage to Andrew Parry, also a Dorset Police officer, was coming to an end as well as her relationship with the defendant.

She had carried out research using an alias on Facebook into Brehmer and became convinced he had had at least two other affairs.

Mrs Parry was in contact with a police officer called Kate Rhodes, who told her she had an affair with Brehmer in late 2011, and this made her see him “in a very different light”.

Brehmer told the jury that Mrs Parry, 41, was angry and had “uncontrolled jealousy” because she had found out about a previous affair of his, leaving him feeling “desperate”, and he planned on killing himself.

“I couldn’t face the rejection from my family, I felt I didn’t have anyone I could talk to,” he said.

Brehmer said that when Mrs Parry drove into the car park she was angry and after she got into his vehicle she asked for his phone so she could look through his social media apps.

“She was taking the mickey out of me, she was angry, she was being snide, nasty,” he said.

“She was so angry, I do not know if she was jealous of my ‘perfect life’, as she called it.”

Brehmer said that at one point he stabbed his arm three times with a penknife but Mrs Parry “did not care”.

He said he demanded she get out of his car but she refused, so he first tried to pull her out before he “bundled” into the car to try to push her out, and his arm “must have slipped up in all the melee”.

Asked by his barrister, Jo Martin QC, if he had planned to kill Mrs Parry, he replied: “Absolutely not.

“I didn’t intend to hurt her in any shape or form.”

Under cross-examination by Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, Brehmer initially denied being a “well-practised liar” but then accepted the term after admitting he lied “consistently well” to his wife over the affair.

Asked if he described himself as a “devious bastard”, Brehmer responded: “That’s how I consider myself now.”



Killer police officer described as a 'man whore' who 'used grooming techniques'

Ms Parry, from Bournemouth, was taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital but died the following day.

A post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was a brain injury caused by compression of the neck.

At the time of the incident Brehmer was seconded to the National Police Air Service based at Bournemouth Airport.

Brehmer, of Woodcock Lane, Hordle, Hampshire, had denied murder but admitted manslaughter.

Giving evidence at Salisbury Crown Court, Ms Rhodes, a detective constable, said Brehmer used “grooming” techniques to exert “coercive and controlling behaviour” over women.

She said: “Tim had some sort of hold over me, that’s the only way I can describe it.”

She said that she had a short relationship with him in the autumn of 2011, but broke it off when she found out he was married.

Describing Brehmer, who mentored her when she was starting out in the Dorset force as a PCSO, she said: “The first thing that struck me about Tim was how personable he was in dealing with members of the public. He was charming, personable and very charismatic.”

She explained how she was contacted on Facebook Messenger by Mrs Parry, who used a false profile in the name of Louisa Morgan, in the days before her death.

Ms Rhodes described how they discussed “womaniser” Brehmer and how he had conducted affairs while married. She described him as “Mr Smooth” and wrote: “He scooped me up, put me on a total pedestal then broke me down again.”

Mrs Parry, who had an affair for more than 10 years with the defendant, replied: “He is a total shit. He promised me the world then let me down.

She added: “I was sucked in.”

Mrs Parry also revealed in the messages that she had reported Brehmer for moonlighting as an odd-job man and was going to inform his wife that he was having an affair.

She wrote: “I am embarking on a slow and prolonged downfall of Mr Man-whore Brehmer.”

She also wrote: “I want to point out to Martha what a nasty person she is married to. My marriage has fallen apart as a result of him so I don’t see how he should just get away with it.

“I hate the fact Tim is getting away with destroying women’s self-esteem and lives.”

Ms Rhodes told the court she had kept in “sporadic” contact with Brehmer until 2017 when he sent her a message which described her as a “dirty bitch”.

She said this upset her and added: “I felt just like a piece of meat.”

In court, admitted that he was a “well-practised liar” and described himself as a “devious bastard”.

The father-of-one also said that his affair was a “little bubble of niceness” and added: “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.

“It was a suspended state of your best self. It was an affair, that’s what you have an affair for.”

Brehmer, who served with Dorset Police, will be sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court by Mr Justice Jacobs later on today.

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