A married police officer who was acquitted of murdering his long-term lover after she revealed their affair to his wife has been jailed for 10 years and six months for manslaughter.

A jury took just under three hours to find "man whore" Timothy Brehmer, 41, not guilty of murdering mother-of-two Claire Parry.

Brehmer, who served with Dorset Police, had previously admitted the manslaughter of the married nurse who he had been having an affair with for more than 10 years.

Today Brehmer has been jailed for 10 years and six months by a judge at Salisbury Crown Court.

"This is a case where I should sentence you on the basis you lost your self-control following the sending of the text message to your wife where the affair was revealed, rather than on the basis that you had no intention to kill or cause really serious harm," the judge said.

"I am sure that you did deliberately take Claire Parry by the neck applying significant force with your forearm or the crook of your elbow for a period of time while she struggled against you, thereby causing the severe neck injuries which the pathologist described.

Timothy Brehmer has been jailed

"The evidence from the pathologist was that those injuries which she described as 'severe' on a scale of mild, moderate or severe resulted from the application of significant force to the neck for a period of a minimum 10 to 30 seconds and possibly longer.

"She said it was difficult to envisage a situation where a struggle in the car imparted the necessary degree of force or could explain the extent and severity of the neck injuries."

Mother-of-two Claire Parry

The judge said Brehmer would serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he could apply for parole.

Ms Parry died during a "kerfuffle" in his car at a car park of the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9.

The court heard that while the pair were in the car, Mrs Parry had taken Brehmer's phone and sent a message to his wife saying: "I am cheating on you."

Passing sentence on Brehmer, Mr Justice Jacobs said: "You were a trained and experienced police officer and your character witnesses described how you would help others.

"Yet you did nothing to try to help Claire Parry. You did not ask her how she was. That was because you knew how she was.

Brehmer was arrested by police in the back of an ambulance
Ms Parry died during a "kerfuffle" at a car park

"You could not possibly thought, as you said in your police interview, that she was simply taking a breath.

"You must have known that her body had gone limp after your assault on her. Before you walked to the car park entrance you must have seen how she was - hanging half out of the car.

"It must have been obvious to you as a trained police officer with extensive experience of casualties in traffic accidents that she was not breathing.

"In evidence you said you did not realise she was poorly. I consider that you appreciated that she was much worse than that."

Timothy Brehmer was acquitted of murdering his long-term lover after she revealed their affair to his wife

Brehmer claimed she accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of the vehicle so he could drive away.

He told the court he had planned to go and kill himself because of the consequences to his family of their affair being revealed.

The trial heard that in the days before her death, Mrs Parry had started to believe her marriage to Andrew Parry, also a Dorset Police officer, was coming to an end as well as her relationship with the defendant.

Brehmer said that when Mrs Parry drove into the car park she was angry

She had carried out research using an alias on Facebook into Brehmer and became convinced he had had at least two other affairs.

Brehmer told the jury that Mrs Parry, 41, was angry and had "uncontrolled jealousy" because she had found out about a previous affair of his.

"I couldn't face the rejection from my family, I felt I didn't have anyone I could talk to," he said.

An artist sketch of Brehmer giving evidence earlier in the trial

Brehmer said that when Mrs Parry drove into the car park she was angry and after she got into his vehicle she asked for his phone so she could look through his social media apps.

"She was taking the mickey out of me, she was angry, she was being snide, nasty," he said.

"She was so angry, I do not know if she was jealous of my 'perfect life', as she called it."

He said he demanded she get out of his car but she refused, so he first tried to pull her out before he "bundled" into the car to try to push her out, and his arm "must have slipped up in all the melee".

A photo issued by Dorset Police of Timothy Brehmer's grey Citroen car

Asked by his barrister, Jo Martin QC, if he had planned to kill Mrs Parry, he replied: "Absolutely not.

"I didn't intend to hurt her in any shape or form."

Under cross-examination by Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, Brehmer initially denied being a "well-practised liar" but then accepted the term after admitting he lied "consistently well" to his wife over the affair.

Asked if he described himself as a "devious bastard", Brehmer responded: "That's how I consider myself now."

Mrs Parry, from Bournemouth, was taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital but died the following day.

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

At the time of the incident Brehmer was seconded to the National Police Air Service based at Bournemouth Airport.

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, had denied murder but admitted manslaughter.