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‘Man whore’ policeman ‘strangled lover to death after threatening to tell wife’

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A "man whore" police officer strangled his long-term lover to death after she considered revealing their affair to his wife, a court heard.

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

Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, told Salisbury Crown Court that the 41-year-old defendant, described as a "womaniser", had been having an affair with Mrs Parry for more than ten years.

In the days before her death, Mrs Parry had started to believe both her marriage to Andrew Parry, also a Dorset Police officer, and her relationship with the defendant, were coming to an end, a court heard.

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The court heard how Mrs Parry created a new Facebook account to look into her suspicions that Brehmer was having at least two other affairs.

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

The prosecutor said: "Claire Parry had recently been led to believe the defendant had indulged in other affairs with other women and he was something of a womaniser.

"Claire Parry was facing what she might have thought was the impending end of her marriage, and the realisation that the man she had been having an affair with for years was perhaps not the man she thought he was at all, and not a man who was likely to set up with her."

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Mrs Parry had written a note addressed to Brehmer's police officer wife, two days before her death, the court heard.

It said: "Dear Martha, what I am going to say is likely to come as no surprise to you. I am figuring you have always suspected but tried to ignore, there is no easy way to say it but, put simply, your husband is a man whore.

"Myself and others have fallen victim to his words and charms, his promises of being in a loveless marriage to only staying for the sake of your children.

"He sucked me in years ago and made me believe he and I had a future until he realised you were pregnant.

"He didn't tell me about you at first, that he was married, and when I found out he told me he was going to leave. I have since realised I was not the only one he has weaved this story to, there are at least two more.

"He tells us that we are special, that he has fallen in love with us."

Mr Smith told the court that Brehmer met Mrs Parry in a car outside the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, where, after an argument, he strangled her with such force that he broke a bone in her neck.

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

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The prosecutor said the defendant admitted causing her death but claimed he had not intended to strangle her, and "was simply robustly trying to get her out of the car".

Mr Smith added: "What the prosecution say is what the defendant did is to angrily and deliberately take Claire Parry around the neck, strangling her to death, that the Crown say this is a case of murder, not manslaughter."

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, who at the time of the incident was seconded to the National Police Air Service based at Bournemouth Airport, denies murder. The trial continues.

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