The husband of a woman killed by police officer Timothy Brehmer has branded him a “well-practised liar”.

Andrew Parry said he was “incredibly disappointed” with the verdict of the jury which cleared Brehmer, who grew up in Andover, of his wife Claire’s murder following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court.

“I believe Brehmer’s account of that day to be inconsistent and untruthful,” Mr Parry said in a statement released after Brehmer was jailed for 10 and a half years for manslaughter.

“As the murder trial heard, he conducted a factory reset on his mobile telephone which has hindered the police investigation and leaves us with an incomplete picture of events on that day. I feel we will never truly know exactly what happened." “What we do know is that Brehmer used such force against Claire that she suffered fractures to her neck, lost consciousness, went into cardiac arrest and eventually died.

“Having used that amount of force, he has failed to render any assistance to her which could have saved her life. As a trained police officer, he would have had the ability to do this.

“Instead, he chose to tell lies from the moment he was discovered by witnesses, stating that Claire had stabbed him.

“He has since admitted that this was a lie and that he inflicted those injuries on himself.

“This lie led to a delay in Claire receiving what could have been lifesaving treatment, a fact that remains incredibly distressing.”

Mr Parry, who like Brehmer is a Dorset Police officer, described his wife as a “loving family member and a doting mother”.

“Brehmer is a well-practised liar with years of experience,” the father-of-two said.

“He has shown himself – as the trial exposed – to be consistently dishonest, deceitful and devious. We do not accept his version of events and all the inconsistencies that it contains."

“Claire was a caring nurse practitioner who helped many people in a career of over 20 years. She was a loving family member and a doting mother who leaves behind two young children.

“Her energy and enthusiasm for life were infectious and our lives are poorer without her in them.

“This trial has been a horrendous ordeal for all of Claire’s family and friends.”