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Mistress strangled to death by killer cop colluded with another of his lovers to expose him as a sexual predator

A NURSE throttled by her married police officer lover colluded with another of his mistresses to expose him as a sexual predator. 

Timothy Brehmer, 41, admitted to the manslaughter of mum-of-two Claire Parry in a Dorset pub car park as she revealed their 11-year affair to his wife, Martha Brehmer.

Mrs Parry had texted Brehmer's detective wife of 14 years from his phone to say: "I'm cheating on you."

Brehmer claimed Mrs Parry's killing had been an "accident" as he tried to bundle her out of the car.

A jury at Salisbury Crown Court took two hours and 50 minutes to find Brehmer not guilty of Ms Parry's murder in a unanimous verdict.

In the weeks before her death, Mrs Parry set up a fake Facebook account under the name Louisa Morgan to contact a second of his mistresses, Detective Constable Kate Rhodes, the court heard.


Th pair discovered Brehmer had probably had at least three lovers in the emergency services, including another police officer. 

In messages, Mrs Parry branded Brehmer a "man whore", vowing to embark on his "slow and painful downfall" and warning "'hell hath no fury".

Giving evidence at Salisbury Crown Court, Ms Rhodes, 35, a detective constable, said Brehmer used "grooming" techniques to exert "coercive and controlling behaviour" over women as he led a secret triple life.

She had a brief relationship with Brehmer in 2011 while she was a community support officer, but broke it off when she found out he was married.

Brehmer used "grooming" techniques to exert "coercive and controlling behaviour" over women, the court heard.

DC Rhodes said: "Tim had some sort of hold over me, that's the only way I can describe it."

In 2017, he sent her a message which described her as a "dirty b***h".

She said this upset her and added: "I felt just like a piece of meat."

Tim had some sort of hold over me, that's the only way I can describe it.

DC Kate Rhodes

Dad-of-two Brehmer was said to have targeted "vulnerable" members of the emergency services as "proper sexual predator".

In court, Brehmer admitted that he was a "well-practised liar" and described himself as a "devious b*****d".

A Dorset Police source told MailOnline Brehmer had a reputation as a "serial womaniser".

The source said: "He was said to be a proper sexual predator who targeted mainly vulnerable women who he worked with both in the police and in other emergency services."

"'I personally know at least one officer he had a drunken kiss and fumble with.

"She had just split from someone at the time and he wormed his way into her affections but it was all just a lie and he was a married man.

"There are others, although exactly how many I can't tell you. He had a streak of arrogance which helped him lie and cover his tracks over his affairs.

"Tim was well-spoken and was often mocked by his colleagues because of it but he used it to his advantage when it came to chatting up women.

"He could lay on the charm and was pretty well-liked by his colleagues and that, coupled with the fact that he was good at his job, helped to hide a multitude of sins."

Brehmer married Martha in 2006 after meeting her at his induction into Dorset Police in 2003.

A family friend said they were "smitten" with each other, but Brehmer started an affair with Claire within three years of getting married.

She married her husband Andrew Parry, a police officer from the same force, in July, 2010.

But he grew suspicious after finding Travelodge bookings from their joint bank account, a man's rugby shirt under their bed and a Valentine's card hidden in their bedroom addressed to "Curly Toes".

PC Parry later confronted Brehmer, who denied the affair.

Following today's verdict, he said in court: "This is how I feel about Brehmer, he is the worst kind of thief.

"He has stolen a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunty, niece and friend."

"Claire meant so much to so many people. He has robbed me of the opportunity to try and save my marriage and keep my family together.

"He has robbed our children of a million hugs and kisses from their mummy."


Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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