Moment Married Policeman Is Arrested After Strangling His Lover To Death

This is the moment a married police officer accused of murdering his lover breaks down in front of paramedics shortly after her death.


PC Timothy Brehmer is on trial over the killing of nurse Claire Parry, a mother-of-two, in a grey Citroen C1 after she threatened to reveal their 10-year affair to his wife Martha.

Bodycam footage shown to jurors and released today shows the topless Dorset Police officer sat on the ground at a pub car park, sobbing and surrounded by emergency crews.

The inconsolable Brehmer is then questioned in the back of an ambulance, having allegedly stabbed himself in the arm with a penknife. 

The court was told today 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'. 

In the video, when he is told he is going to be arrested, Brehmer breaks down again and says 'I'm so sorry.'   

Officer: 'I've written down what you've said to me. When we first got here, when I first saw you outside, you were asked by the paramedics what was happening. You said something similar to..."I was having an affair with her, she got me to meet her here. She was going to tell my wife.

"The female arrived after me and jumped in my car. She was so angry. She was going to tell my wife we were having an affair for years.

"She was going through my phone, I don't remember what happened. I think she told my wife.


"I was going to drive off and kill myself. The wounds were caused by a pen knife in my car, I've had it for years. I don't remember what happened. I just felt it go in, I think three times."

'You're happy that's basically what you said for the paramedic? Obviously not word for word. If I can get you to sign there for us, please.

Alright Tim, you're going to get arrested. At the moment I'm arresting you on suspicion of attempted murder. 

'You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. 

'Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Ok? We're going to let paramedics take you down to hospital get you all checked out first, and obviously you know the process from there, alright?

Brehmer: (sobbing) 'Yeah. I'm so sorry. Oh.'

Officer: 'We'll get you down to hospital so we can get you all checked out and then we can do it from there, alright?'

Paramedics treating Mrs Parry said they recognised the hospital nurse as they used to socialise with her while police officers immediately recognised Brehmer as he lay bleeding by the roadside.

CCTV footage released today shows the Citroen driving into the car park before Brehmer later walks away and sits down alone by the entrance

The medics who battled to save Mrs Parry managed to 'get her back' temporarily, the court heard.

Jurors at Salisbury Crown Court in Wiltshire were shown footage this morning which showed an inconsolable Brehmer crying as he was asked about what happened.

In the clip, Brehmer, who is topless, has a visibly injured left arm, with blood over his shorts as paramedics inspect him for more injuries.

When asked what had happened, sobbing Brehmer replied: 'We've been having an affair for years.

'She forced me to meet her, she was going to tell my wife, I was going to lose my boy.

'I met her here, she was going through my phone... She was going to tell my wife.'

In the back of an ambulance, Brehmer continues: 'She wouldn't get out of the car, I just wanted to go and kill myself.'

He later can be heard exclaiming 'oh my God' as he sobs in the ambulance.

It was heard he told a paramedic 'what's my mother going to say?' and repeatedly told them 'she was so, so angry'.

Footage taken in hospital showed Brehmer saying 'I'm a good man', 'I think she stabbed me' and talking of his desire to 'get a piece of rope' and take his own life.

Meanwhile, the clip released today shows an exchange between Brehmer and an officer in the back of an ambulance.

The officer says: 'I've written down what you've said to me. When we first got here, when I first saw you outside, you were asked by the paramedics what was happening. You said something similar to..."I was having an affair with her, she got me to meet her here. She was going to tell my wife.

"The female arrived after me and jumped in my car. She was so angry. She was going to tell my wife we were having an affair for years.

"She was going through my phone, I don't remember what happened. I think she told my wife.

"I was going to drive off and kill myself. The wounds were caused by a pen knife in my car, I've had it for years. I don't remember what happened. I just felt it go in, I think three times".

'You're happy that's basically what you said for the paramedic? Obviously not word for word. If I can get you to sign there for us, please.

'Alright Tim, you're going to get arrested. At the moment I'm arresting you on suspicion of attempted murder. 

'You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. 

'Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Ok? We're going to let paramedics take you down to hospital get you all checked out first, and obviously you know the process from there, alright?'

Sobbing hysterically, Brehmer replies: 'Yeah. I'm so sorry.'  

Paramedic Samer Al-khateb, giving evidence through a statement, said Brehmer appeared to be in a 'state of shock' at the scene.

He added: 'I remember at one point I heard the man say 'I f****d it' or 'I f****d it up' but I didn't hear any other comments from him.' 

Mr Al-khateb said Mrs Parry had dried blood across her face and added: 'I noticed more discolouring around her neck, there was a band of pale around her neck.'

Paramedic James Best said after finding Mrs Parry's NHS ID card he realised he knew her.

Describing her position within the car, he said: 'It looked as if someone had fallen asleep with their head against the door and then the door had been opened.

'She had blue lips - it was obvious to me she was not breathing. I checked her for a pulse and she didn't have one.

'I found her NHS card and realised it was Claire. I knew Claire through the job as historically we used to socialise but that was a long time ago.

'Knowing that people at the hospital would know her I contacted the liaison team.'

Paramedic George Fiddler said Brehmer said 'don't let me die'.

His colleague Thomas Hull, who treated Mrs Parry, said: 'A few times we managed to get her back but [her pulse] was very slow and weak.'

Dorset Police PC Martin Brown, who responded to the scene, told how he realised the incident involved his colleague Brehmer.

He said: 'I said [to his colleague] 'doesn't that guy look like Tim Brehmer?' and as I approached it looked more like Tim.

'I said 'are you OK Tim? What's happened?' and he looked at me and said 'I can't remember' and began to cry hysterically.'

Meanwhile, the car in which Mrs Parry died was brought before jurors outside the court today.  

Medics told the court that they were called to the Horns Inn in Christchurch Road, West Parley, to the defendant who had suffered stab wounds from a penknife to his arm.

James Best, who was first at the scene, said he saw Brehmer but was called over by a man to Mrs Parry who was lying half out of the Citroen.

He said: 'As I approached I saw a female laying half-in half-out of the Citroen.


'Her head was on the ground but her body was more in the car, her feet were in the driver's footwell. It looked almost as if someone had fallen asleep leaning on the door and it had then been opened.

'She had fallen half out of the car with her face on the ground.

'She had blue lips and it was obvious to me she was not breathing. I checked her for a pulse. She did not have one.'

He said that his colleagues carried out chest compressions and added that he recognised Mrs Parry when he found her NHS ID card.

'I know Claire through the job because we used to socialise, but that was a long time ago,' Mr Best said.

'Knowing that other people at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital would know her, I contacted the ambulance liaison so they could put the plans in place.'

Colleague Thomas Hull said that he saw a red band mark across Mrs Parry's throat and said he carried out chest compressions.


He said: 'A few times we managed to get her back, [her pulse] was very slow and it was very weak.

'We got her pulse back enough to consider moving her so we got her into the ambulance.'

Mrs Parry, 41, was taken to the Royal Bournemouth where she died the following day.

A post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was a brain injury caused by compression of the neck.

Martin Brown, a police officer who attended the scene, said: 'I looked at Tim and asked what had happened, he said: 'I can't remember,' before crying hysterically.'

The jury was shown police body-worn video footage which shows Brehmer sitting in shorts with a top and with blood visible on his body.

He is seen sobbing and when asked what had happened, he says: 'I have been having an affair for years, she was going to tell my wife, I am afraid I am going to lose my boy, so I met her here.


'She told my wife, I don't remember the rest.' 

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, who at the time of the incident was seconded to the National Police Air Service based at Bournemouth airport, denies murder but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The trial continues.

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