THE headteacher of Hordle Primary School called a policeman accused of murder an “excellent ambassador” for Dorset constabulary.
Fiona Adams praised Hordle man Timothy Brehmer, who is on trial at Salisbury Crown Court, revealing he had voluntarily gone into the school and given talks to her pupils. Those included advice on how to dial 999, avoiding drugs and on one occasion bringing in a police car for the children to look at.
“He was an excellent ambassador for the police force on all of those occasions,” Mrs Adams said in her character witness statement.
It was read out by Brehmer’s legal team as part of his defence, and she continued: “Tim was enthusiastic to share his knowledge and skills. He gained respect and admiration of pupils and staff.”
Hers was one of several statements the defence read out in court in support of Brehmer, who lived in Hordle. He was described in several as being “trustworthy”, “kind” and “caring” and a “committed family man”.
Lymington man Thomas Penny called Brehmer a “gentle giant”, while the defendant’s stepfather Roger Chivers stressed Brehmer “did not like any form of confrontation or violence”.
The character statements concluded the defence’s case, and proceedings have been adjourned until tomorrow (Friday) morning. When it resumes, the prosecution and defence will make closing speeches to the jury.
As reported in the A&T, Brehmer admits manslaughter but denies murder in relation to the death of Claire Parry following an incident in the car park of the Horns Inn, West Parley, on 9th May.
Brehmer had gone to meet Ms Parry and the court has heard he had been having an affair with her for 10 years.
He stands accused of killing her in an angry rage after she sent a text to his wife, Martha, from his phone revealing the affair. However, he claims he was inadvertently responsible for her death while trying to get her out of the vehicle. The trial continues.