A MARRIED cop was today found not guilty of murdering his lover after fearing she would reveal their 11-year affair.
Timothy Brehmer, 41, who denied murder but admitted manslaughter, killed nurse Claire Parry, also 41, in a Dorset pub car park during a "kerfuffle".
He claimed it had been an "accident" as he tried to bundle her out of the car.
A court heard the married officer, who had been having an affair with Claire for 11 years, broke down when paramedics rushed to the scene.
Jurors at Salisbury Crown Court heard how Brehmer, who was described as a “womaniser” and “man w****”, sobbed: "I've f***ed up".
The officer also said "god, she's got kids" after he was accused of strangling the mum-of-two in a Citroen C1.
The jury at Salisbury Crown Court took two hours and 50 minutes to find Brehmer not guilty of Claire Parry's murder in a unanimous verdict.
However, the Dorset Police officer still faces a lengthy jail term as he admitted killing mother of two Mrs Parry by manslaughter and will be sentenced this afternoon.
Brehmer's mother, Rosalyn Chivers, and his sister Kirsten cried and hugged each other moments after the verdict was delivered.
It comes after jurors were shown bodycam footage of Brehmer crying and saying "I'm sorry" as officers told him he would be arrested.
During his trial, the 41-year-old told the court he was trying to push Mrs Parry out of his car in a struggle after she confronted him because she was 'angry' at discovering his previous affairs.
When asked what happened, sobbing Brehmer replied: "We've been having an affair for years.
"She forced me to meet her, she was going to tell my wife, I was going to lose my boy.
"I met her here, she was going through my phone… She was going to tell my wife."
The court was told Brehmer said to a paramedic "what's my mother going to say?" and repeatedly told them "she was so, so angry".
Mrs Parry was left with "unsurvivable brain injuries" after she was strangled in the car park of the Horns Inn pub in West Parley, Dorset, around 3pm on May 9 and died in hospital the next day.
Dorset Police PC Martin Brown told jurors he recognised Brehmer when called to the scene.
He added: "I said [to my colleague] 'doesn't that guy look like Tim Brehmer?' and as I approached it looked more like Tim.
"I said 'are you OK Tim? What's happened?' and he looked at me and said 'I can't remember' and began to cry hysterically."
The court heard previously how Brehmer had told wife Martha at around 12pm he was going to pick up some steaks for a family BBQ planned later that day.
Around three hours later, she received a message saying "I am cheating on you" from her husband's phone.
The court was told Claire had actually sent the text to Martha after growing "angry and upset" with her lover.
The court heard she discovered Brehmer was having affairs with at least two other women and was dubbed "Mr Smooth" for his string of mistresses.
Brehmer, of Hordle, Hampshire, denied murder but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
He claimed he was "simply robustly trying to get her out of the car" when Claire died.
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