A police officer has been charged with murder after a woman was found strangled in a pub car park.
Timothy Brehmer, 41, a constable with the Dorset Force, was arrested on Saturday afternoon after Claire Parry, also 41, was found with serious injuries in the village of West Parley, just north of Bournemouth.
She was rushed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital, but died on Sunday morning.
A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as a brain injury caused by strangulation
Police said Mr Brehmer and Ms Parry were known to one another and a spokesman said the officer had not been on duty at the time of the incident.
Mr Brehmer, a former traffic officer who was recently seconded to the National Police Air Service, was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to his arms.
He was subsequently released from hospital and following the death of Mrs Parry, he was further arrested on suspicion of murder.
A police spokesman said: “Dorset Police was called to the car park of the Horns Inn in Christchurch Road at 3.39pm on Saturday 9 May 2020 following a report from the ambulance service of two people requiring medical assistance.
“A 41-year-old woman – named by detectives as Claire Parry of Bournemouth – was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for medical treatment. Very sadly, she died in hospital on the morning of Sunday 10 May 2020. Her family is continuing to be supported by specially-trained officers.
“A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was a brain injury caused by compression of the neck.
“A 41-year-old man, Timothy Brehmer, was arrested at the scene of the incident and taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to injuries to his arms.
“He was subsequently released from hospital and following the death of Mrs Parry, he was further arrested on suspicion of murder.
“On Monday 11 May 2020, Mr Brehmer – a police constable with Dorset Police who is currently seconded to the National Police Air Service (NPAS) – has been charged with murder.
“He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court via remote link on Tuesday 12 May 2020.
“Mr Brehmer was not on duty at the time of the incident. However, due to his occupation and the seriousness of the charge, a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Callaghan said: “Detectives from our Major Crime Investigation Team are leading the investigation into this incident.
“We have kept the family of Mrs Parry updated throughout the investigation and family liaison officers continue to support them. Our thoughts remain with her family and friends at this very difficult time.
“Following enquiries into this incident, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorised a charge of murder.
“It is important to stress that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment any further ahead of the court process. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”