Attorney General to review PC Timothy Brehmer's manslaughter sentence

Attorney General will review 10-and-a-half-year sentence given to ‘manw***e’ police officer Timothey Brehmer for killing his married long-term lover

  • Attorney General said office received complaint sentence was unduly lenient
  • Former Dorset PC Timothy Brehmer was jailed for 10-and-a-half years last month
  • Brehmer was found not guilty of murder by a jury but he admitted manslaughter
  • The 41-year-old was convicted after strangling his long-term lover Claire Parry 

Dorset Police issued this mugshot of Timothy Brehmer after he was acquitted of murdering his long-term lover. He was jailed for 10-and-a-half years after admitting manslaughter

The Attorney General is to review the sentence given to ‘womanising’ police officer Timothy Brehmer, who was jailed for strangling his long-term lover.

The married Dorset police constable was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years’ imprisonment at Salisbury Crown Court last week after being convicted of causing the death of mother-of-two Claire Parry.

The 41-year-old was cleared by a jury of murder but had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office confirmed that it had received a complaint under its Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

He said: ‘We have received a request for the sentence of Timothy Brehmer to be reviewed under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

‘The Law Officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.’

Mrs Parry, 41, died during a ‘kerfuffle’ in Brehmer’s car in the car park of the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9 this year.

Brehmer claimed the married nurse accidentally suffered the fatal injury while he was trying to push her out of his Citroen car so he could drive away.

Timothy Brehmer, described as a ‘man wh**e’ and ‘womaniser’ in court, with his wife Martha

Brehmer, 41, was cleared of the murder of nurse Claire Parry (pictured) in a Dorset car park

The 41-year-old, who is married to a detective in the same force, claimed he ‘fell on top of her by accident more than anything’ and his arms must have ‘slipped up’ around her neck while he was behind her in a ‘piggy-back position’.

Brehmer sobbed as he told jurors: ‘I’m responsible for her death. I must have [used too much force]. I absolutely did not want to kill her or cause serious bodily harm. I didn’t intend to kill her.’

Mrs Parry was left with ‘unsurvivable brain injuries’ after she was strangled in the car park of the Horns Inn pub at about 3pm on May 9 and died in hospital the next day.

Pictured: Attorney General Suella Braverman

Her marriage to Dorset Police officer Andrew Parry was falling apart as he discovered her relationship with Brehmer, also of Dorset Police, however Brehmer’s detective wife, also from the same force, had no idea about his flings.

Trial judge Mr Justice Jacobs said he sentenced Brehmer for manslaughter on the basis that he ‘lost control’ after Mrs Parry sent the text message to his wife, Martha, also a police officer.

‘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,’ he said.

The judge said that as a ‘trained and experienced’ road traffic police officer, Brehmer would have known Mrs Parry was seriously injured.

‘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,’ the judge said.

Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, will serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he can apply for parole.

A Dorset Police source told MailOnline: ‘A lot of Tim’s former colleagues were surprised that he was found not guilty of murder.

‘He will now only serve ten years for her manslaughter but will likely be out in half that time on licence.


The Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme provides for the public to ask the Attorney General to refer a sentence to the Court of Appeal for being too low.

The Attorney General’s Office can review very low sentences given by the Crown Court in England and Wales, if asked to do so.

Only sentences for specific offences can be reviewed, including murder, manslaughter and rape. 

To meet the criteria to be judged as ‘unduly lenient’, the law states that the given sentence must ‘fall outside the range of sentences which the judge, applying his mind to all the relevant factors, could reasonably consider appropriate.’

Anyone can request for a sentence to be reviewed – even if they are not directly involved in the case.

If the Attorney General decides to send the case to the Court of Appeal, they will then decide whether to leave the sentence as it is, find it to be unduly lenient and increase it or refuse to hear the appeal. 

‘When you think that Andrew Parry will never see his wife again and his children will never see their mum again, you have to question if 10-years is a suitable punishment.

‘I don’t think anybody would think it’s nearly enough.

‘He has taken a life and in the process left a whole family devastated.’ 

Salisbury Crown Court heard Brehmer had at least three affairs outside of his 14-year marriage.

Detective Constable Kate Rhodes, who ‘quickly fell in love’ with Brehmer, branded him a ‘man w***e’ and the police officer even described himself as a ‘devious b*****d’ who kept his wedding ring on during affairs.

Brehmer and Mrs Parry used ‘secret chats’ to communicate, had sex as often as twice a week and just days before the incident the pair had an ‘intimate quickie’.

Sources from within Dorset Police told MailOnline how well-spoken Brehmer had a reputation at work as a ladies’ man who managed to charm a number of lovers from within his own unit.

They said the smooth-talking officer, who is married to a detective in the same force, told each woman ‘you are the only one for me’ and sent song lyrics and sexualised messages to ‘suck them in’.

Brehmer, who admitted manslaughter but denied murder, is a former traffic officer who was seconded to the National Police Air Service and lived with his wife 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 Andrew, a Dorset Police officer, was a nurse practitioner at a medical centre in Bournemouth, Dorset.

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