A serving police officer today admitted killing his alleged lover during a row in a village pub car park.
PC Timothy Brehmer, 41, denied murdering the NHS nurse practitioner he was said to have had a ten year affair with but admitted manslaughter.
Claire Parry, also 41, was found by ambulance paramedics unconscious at the scene and died in hospital the next day.
Today, the police officer appeared at Winchester Crown Court, Hants for a plea and trial preparation hearing via video link from HMP Exeter.
He wore a dark grey t-shirt, glasses and was unshaven.
He denied one count of murder but admitted manslaughter.
Prosecuting, Kate Brunner QC, told the court: “That is not an acceptable plea, there was intent so we will proceed to trial on count one.
“This defendant murdered Claire Parry who died of injuries caused by compression to her neck…”
A provisional trial date was set for October 12 with a further case management hearing to be held on October 6. The trial is expected to last seven days.
The incident occurred in a car park outside the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on May 9.
A post mortem examination showed Mrs Parry died from a brain injury caused by compression of the neck.
The mother-of two worked as an NHS nurse practitioner at a medical centre in Bournemouth.
Claire’s body was formally identified by her husband Andrew Parry, who is also a Dorset police officer.
Mr Parry was in court and watched proceedings from the public gallery.
PC Brehmer, who lived in the New Forest and was married, serves with Dorset Police.
He is a former traffic officer and was seconded to the National Police Air Service (NPAS) at the time of his arrest.