TWO appeal hearings will decide whether the 10-and-a-half-year jail term given to a Hordle policeman who killed his lover will be extended or reduced.
Timothy Brehmer has applied to the Court of Appeal to challenge the length of his sentence at the same time as the Attorney General’s Office submitted arguments it was “unduly lenient” and should be increased.
As reported in the A&T, Brehmer (41), of Woodcock Lane, admitted manslaughter over the death of mother-of-two Mrs Parry in the car park of the Horns Inn pub in Parley, near Christchurch, on 9th May.
A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office said: “The Solicitor General expresses his deepest sympathies to the family of Claire Parry.
“After careful consideration he has decided to refer the sentence of Timothy Brehmer to the Court of Appeal as he believes the sentence is unduly lenient.”
Brehmer stood trial at Salisbury Crown Court having denied murder and was cleared of that charge by a jury. He admitted manslaughter.
The trial heard Mrs Parry, a nurse, had been having an affair with Brehmer for 10 years but had asked they meet as she was upset having discovered his affairs with other women.
Prosecutors claimed Brehmer strangled her in a rage after she sent a text to his wife, Martha, from his phone which said: “I’m cheating on you.”
However, Brehmer denied that and said he was responsible inadvertently for her death while trying to get her out of his car.
Handing down sentence, Judge Richard Jacobs determined Brehmer “lost his self-control” during the incident.
After the punishment was announced, Dorset Police said it had sacked Brehmer from the force and he had been placed on the national barred list.