The devastated family of a woman who was killed by her lover policeman said he cried ‘crocodile tears’ in court.
PC Timothy Brehmer was today cleared of murdering nurse Claire Parry after he was accused of strangling her to death when she revealed their affair to his wife.
Brehmer was alleged to have ‘angrily’ throttled Claire in his car moments after she text his detective wife ‘I’m cheating on you’ from his phone.
Following a 12 day trial, the police officer of 17 years remained emotionless in the dock as he was acquitted of murder by jurors after two hours and 50 minutes of deliberation.
However, the former Dorset Police officer still faces a lengthy jail term after he previously admitted killing mother-of-two Mrs Parry by manslaughter.
Following the verdict, Claire’s family condemned Brehmer for being ‘the worst kind of thief’ who ‘robbed her children of a million hugs and kisses from their mummy’.
Andrew Parry launched a scathing attack on Brehmer as he read his victim impact statement to jurors, claiming the police officer told ‘lie after lie’ and shed ‘crocodile tears’ during the trial.
Mr Parry said his wife’s death will leave a ‘gaping chasm that will stick for eternity’.
Mrs Parry’s parents said they have suffered ‘bitter, bitter pain’ at the thought of their grandchildren being raised without a mother.
After hearing the statements, Judge Mr Justice Jacobs adjourned sentencing of Brehmer, 41, it until tomorrow.
The judge is considering whether to sentence on the basis of accidental and unlawful manslaughter or manslaughter due to a ‘loss of control’ which would have been triggered by Mrs Parry sending the ‘I’m cheating on you’ text to Brehmer’s wife.
Mr Parry, a Dorset Police constable, kept a brave face as he told jurors of the devastating impact the killing has had on his two children.
He told the court: “Brehmer has robbed them of their mother.
“This is what I think of him – he is the worst kind of thief. He has stolen a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a niece and a friend.
“Claire meant so much to so many people and he has robbed me of the opportunity to save my marriage.
“He has robbed my children of a million hugs and kisses from their mummy.
“This trial has been a whole new level of pain and humiliation for me, listening to Brehmer tell lie after lie.”
Mr Parry told of his pain at having details of his family life revealed in court, adding: “Then, having to sit through more of Brehmer’s lies in court and crocodile tears.
“[He has shown] no remorse for Claire. The trial was his last chance to show Claire’s family some remorse – he took that and twisted it.
“Brehmer will now go to his grave being the only person knowing what happened in that car park.
“Claire saved an untold number of lives as a nurse and Brehmer robbed her of this.
“It’s impossible to know what’s been stolen from her children, but I know that their children will not know their grandmother and there will be an empty space at the table this Christmas.
“Brehmer has not left a hole in this life… He has left a gaping chasm that will stick for eternity.”
He also revealed how he told his children their mother had died while at a park.
He said: “I was walking along with them, thinking ‘I’m just about to burst your bubble, to bring your world crashing down’. It was like a weight on my chest.”
He said at first his son said ‘you are pranking me’ but when he realised he wasn’t he began crying.
Mr Parry expressed his horror at his colleagues carrying out investigations at his home – which was a crime scene – and examining the intimate details of his life with Mrs Parry.
He added: “My daughter woke up crying and asking for mummy in the middle of the night, nothing I could do would help her.
“I was so useless. I have never felt so lonely. This is when I have felt the effects of this, being the only adult in the house in the middle of the night.”
He said Mrs Parry was on £50,000 a year and ‘in the next 20 years would have brought £1 million’ into the household but said this is ‘miniscule compared to the losses we have suffered’.
Mr Parry, who last year had two heart procedures, has been prescribed tablets and diagnosed with depression and anxiety since his wife’s death.
He said: “I’ve spent the last five months in a perpetual state of stress and anxiety… that’s not good for my heart.”
Jane and Philip Jordan, Mrs Parry’s parents, said: “Due to the actions of Brehmer we have suffered the heartbreaking loss of Claire.
“As parents the ability to talk about shared memories and relive shared past is part of our being.
“To have them taken for us is heartbreaking and tragic.
“Watching Claire love and care for her children while they were going through changes is something we cherished, this has been ripped from us and we are only left wondering what may have been.
“We were immensely proud as Claire as… a nurse, proud of the lives she helped and saved.”
They added: “Her violent and sudden death has left a chasm.
“Claire’s children have now got to go through their lives knowing this man took the life of their mummy.
“They will not be able to share their triumphs and disasters with their mum – this is a bitter, bitter pain.
“This man has caused devastating changes to our lives which we will always live with and suffer.”
In mitigation, Jo Martin QC said after hearing the verdict today, Brehmer told her ‘it doesn’t change anything, I’m still responsible for Claire’s death’.
Ms Martin QC also said Brehmer is a man of ‘exemplary character’.
Last month Brehmer was dismissed without notice from Dorset Police following a disciplinary hearing.
Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “As police officers our duty, first and foremost, is to protect the public and for a serving officer to take a life of another in this way is incomprehensible.
“His conduct fell dramatically below that which I, his colleagues and the public expect from a police officer and he clearly has no place holding the office of constable.
“Our thoughts very much remain with Claire Parry’s family, friends and loved ones. Our commitment to supporting her family and all those good officers in the Dorset Police family who have been affected by this incident will continue.
“I would like to thank the investigation team for the fair, dispassionate and professional manner in which they approached this extremely difficult case.”