New Forest police officer admits causing death of woman but denies her murder

Timothy Brehmer trial
The incident happened at Horns Inn, Christchurch Road, West Parley (photo: Google)

A POLICE officer from Hordle will go on trial accused of murder having admitted he caused the death of a woman.


Timothy Brehmer (41), of Woodcock Lane, appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied the murder of Claire Parry.

The prosecution said it could not accept the plea arrangement, so the Dorset Police constable will face a trial at the same court on 12th October. Brehmer was remanded in custody.

As reported in the A&T the charges relate to an incident at the car park of the Horns Inn, at Christchurch Road, Parley, on Saturday 9th May.

Ambulance crews responded to a report that two people required medical assistance and rushed Mrs Parry (41), to Royal Bournemouth Hospital but she died the following day. Her cause of death was given as a brain injury caused by compression of the neck, following a post-mortem.

Having been arrested at the scene, Brehmer was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to an arm injury before being discharged into custody.

Dorset Police subsequently confirmed he was a serving constable who had been on secondment to the National Police Air Service.

Brehmer was not on duty at the time of the incident, the force added, but it has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because of his occupation and the nature of the incident.