Jury retires in murder trial of Hordle policeman

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Timothy Brehmer is accused of murdering Claire Parry

THE jury in the trial of a policeman accused of murdering his lover has retired to consider its verdict.

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Judge Richard Jacobs finished summing up the evidence in the case of Timothy Brehmer, of Woodcock Lane, Hordle, on this afternoon (Monday). Jurors were then sent home to formally begin their deliberations tomorrow morning.

Brehmer (41), is on trial at Salisbury Crown Court accused of killing Claire Parry in the car park of the Horns Inn pub at West Parley, near Christchurch, on 9th May.

He has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.

Both married with children, the pair had been having an affair for 10 years, the court heard.

The prosecution claim he strangled her in a rage shortly after she sent a text from Brehmer’s phone to his wife Martha at around 3pm, which said “I’m cheating on you”.

The jury has heard he went to meet Ms Parry – a nurse and mum-of-two who was married to a policeman – at her request as she was upset, having discovered he had been having affairs with other women while they had been together.

The pair got into Brehmer’s car to talk before the incident happened.

Passers-by subsequently found Brehmer sitting on a pavement outside the pub bleeding and called the emergency services. Efforts were made to save Mrs Parry’s life but she later died.

Prosecutors have highlighted a post-mortem examination showed Ms Parry had injuries consistent with being held in a headlock and strangled to death.

When he gave evidence, Brehmer told the jury he accepted he was “responsible” for her death. But he claims it happened inadvertently when he tried to “pull and push” her out of his car.

The trial continues.

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