A ‘womanising’ policeman told officers he accidentally killed his lover Claire Parry as he tried to ‘push and pull’ her out of his car, the court heard today.
It is the first time jurors have heard PC Timothy Brehmer’s version of what happened inside his Citroen as the lovers argued.
The Dorset Police officer is accused of ‘angrily and deliberately’ strangling Mrs Parry in the car park of the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset after she threatened to reveal their decade-long affair to his detective wife.
In his police interview he claimed he ‘stabbed himself’ before grabbing her arms and legs but she refused to get out of the car.
He said she rolled over onto her front in the vehicle and he then attempted to ‘hoist’ her out by grabbing onto her jeans’ pockets.
Brehmer’s barrister, Jo Martin QC, gave forensic scientist Michael Wheelhouse a brief description of his version of events.
Bodycam footage played to the jury at court yesterday shows Dorset police officer Timothy Brehmer sobbing as he is treated in an ambulance after the death of his lover Claire Parry
Cross examining Mr Wheelhouse, she said: ‘Mr Brehmer stabbed his left arm while sitting in the driver’s seat and Claire Parry was in the passenger seat. He sat there for sometime.
‘[The blood in the car] is entirely consistent with a period of time where he is sat there with his arm injured and blood pooling down.
‘He gets out of the car and goes round to the passenger side and he tries to get Claire Parry to leave the car.
‘He grabs her arm and at some stage he grabs her feet and her legs.
‘Mrs Parry has rolled to avoid being pulled from the car and is leaning over the driver’s seat.
‘Mr Brehmer then describes trying to get into the car on the passenger side and pushing her out of the car by holding onto the pockets of her jeans and hoisting her up.
‘Mrs Parry is then at some stage on her front and that is consistent with the ribbed patterning on her jeans.
‘Mr Brehmer says her arms at some stage are in a press up position and he is on the steering wheel side of her trying to get her out.’
During his evidence Mr Wheelhouse had been asked to assess three possible scenarios from the defence, Mr Stentiford, and Brehmer.
Paramedics previously described their attempts to save Mrs Parry’s life. She suffered fatal injuries after she met with the Dorset Police officer in a pub car park. Pictured: The car
The vehicle was examined by the jury outside Salisbury Crown Court in Wiltshire yesterday
Brehmer’s version of events is that he tried to get the nurse out the car but she refused. In contrast, Mr Stentiford said Brehmer had told him he wanted to keep Claire Parry in the car.
The prosecution claim Brehmer, after ‘stabbing himself’ in the arm, tried to move an unconscious Claire Parry.
Mr Wheelhouse said he was ‘unable to draw any definitive conclusions’ and told the court all three were possible based on the evidence he had seen.
It follows evidence given earlier today from a prison officer who told the court Brehmer was trying to stop nurse Claire Parry getting out of his Citreon C1 when he ‘accidentally broke a bone in her neck’.
Prison Officer Scott Stentiford, who was working on a wing for ‘vulnerable’ prisoners in HMP Exeter, Dorset, today told the court he had approached Brehmer to ask him if he was due any medication.
To his surprise Brehmer, 41, then began telling him how Mrs Parry’s death had led to him being imprisoned.
Mr Stentiford said: ‘[Brehmer] said [Mrs Parry] was in the car with him and she was angry and wanted to tell his wife what was going on. She said ‘it needs to be said’.
‘Mr Brehmer didn’t think it appropriate that she should tell his wife. He felt it would be more appropriate to tell her himself.
‘He said he tried to stop her from getting out of the vehicle. He said as she went to get out he grabbed her pocket to try and pull her back into the vehicle but it wasn’t enough.
PC Timothy Brehmer is accused of murdering his mistress, mother-of-two Claire Parry (right)
‘He said he grabbed her and put his arm up to pull her into the car and he said in the process he thinks he accidentally broke a bone in her neck.’
Mr Stentiford said the Dorset Police officer then began to talk about how he ‘had lost everything since being in prison’.
He told Salisbury Crown Court, Wilts, he was surprised to learn Brehmer was a police officer, as he would have been taught never to grab someone by the neck.
He continued: ‘He said ‘he would never be coming back to prison again once he is released.’
‘He told me he had lost everything since being in prison – his wife, his house, his car, his son and he told me had lost somebody else he loved as well…
‘He told me he used to be just like me. I didn’t know what he meant by that. He told me he used to be a policeman which I was quite surprised by…
‘Being a prison officer, we are trained never to put our arms around someone’s neck during a restraint.’
Mrs Parry suffered a broken bone in her neck in the incident and died at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital the following day.
A post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was a brain injury caused by compression of the neck.
Prison officer Scott Stentiford told Salisbury Crown Court that Brehmer had told him about the incident while the defendant was awaiting trial on a wing for vulnerable prisoners in HMP Exeter.
PC Timothy Brehmer (pictured with his wife) is accused of murdering nurse Claire Parry, a mother-of-two, in a grey Citroen C1 after she threatened to reveal their 10-year affair
Mr Stentiford said: ‘He told me it was a great job, it was brilliant, brilliant.’
Mr Stentiford continued: ‘He just said it all happened so quickly.
‘He did tell me it was an accident and he didn’t mean to do it and he repeated it several times, ‘I swear to you it was an accident’, he said he loved her and didn’t want to harm her.’
Mr Stentiford said that Brehmer ‘didn’t shed a single tear’ while he was talking and it was like a ‘normal conversation’.
He told the court: ‘To me, losing everything would be heartbreaking.. To talk to anyone and to relive what I didn’t have would probably destroy me.
‘I didn’t feel he showed a great deal of tears – there were none. It just felt like I was having a conversation with him. That’s just my opinion.’
The prison officer also told the court that Brehmer seemed to be ‘a polite and intelligent man’ and that the father of one had declined a move to a new cell, as he wanted a room that faced ‘home’.
The court has also heard Brehmer, described as a ‘man whore’ by Mrs Parry in messages before her death, seduced other women in the emergency services.
It is alleged Brehmer killed Mrs Parry (pictured) outside the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset
Dorset Police’s DC Kate Rhodes, who met Brehmer while working at the force, said she had an affair with him and ‘fell in love’ before realising he was married.
The court has heard Brehmer, who married Dorset Police DC Martha Brehmer in 2006, told each of his lovers ‘you’re the only one for me’ and would shower them with song lyrics and sexualised messages to ‘suck them in’.
Dorset Police officer Andrew Parry, Mrs Parry’s widower, told the court he grew suspicious after discovering clues suggesting his wife was cheating on him and by the time of her death their marriage had fallen apart.
Brehmer is a former traffic officer who was seconded to the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and lived with Mrs Brehmer and their nine-year-old son in the village of Hordle in Hampshire’s New Forest National Park.
Mrs Parry, who had an eight-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy with her husband, was a nurse practitioner at a medical centre in their home town of Bournemouth, Dorset.
It follows bodycam footage being shown to jurors yesterday showing the topless Dorset Police officer sat on the ground at a pub car park, sobbing and surrounded by emergency crews.
Footage shows the inconsolable Brehmer being questioned in the back of an ambulance, having allegedly stabbed himself in the arm with a penknife.
The court was told how he insisted ‘I’m a good man’ and asked ‘what’s my mother going to say?’ in the aftermath of the tragedy.
He also told paramedics ‘I’ve f****d up’ and ‘God, she’s got kids’.
Brehmer, from Hordle, Hampshire, denies murder but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and the trial continues.