A NURSE found unconscious in a pub car park died later in hospital, an inquest hearing heard yesterday.

Married Claire Elizabeth Parry, aged 41, of Bournemouth, was pronounced dead at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on Sunday.

Giving evidence during a short hearing at Dorset Coroner’s Court, Bournemouth Town Hall, coroner’s officer Nicola Muller outlined the brief circumstances surrounding Mrs Parry’s death.

She told the court: “Ambulance had been called following reports of an injured male and unresponsive female at the Horns Inn pub in West Parley, Ferndown.

“Police have been informed and have attended the incident.

“The female that we now know to be Claire Parry was transferred to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where, following interventions, her condition has continued to deteriorate and she passed away in their care.

“Family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

“Police continue their enquiries into this matter.”

Coroner Brendan Allen presided over the hearing.

The court was also told that Mrs Parry’s body was formerly identified by her police officer husband, Andrew Parry.

Earlier this week a trial date was set for another serving Dorset Police officer accused of murdering Mrs Parry.

Tim Brehmer, 41, is accused of killing Mrs Parry and a provisional trial date has been set for October 5.

Dorset Police were called to the car park of the pub, pictured, in Christchurch Road, West Parley, last Saturday afternoon after the ambulance service reported that two people needed assistance.

Brehmer was then arrested and taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to an injury he had sustained, which required surgery, before he was discharged into custody.

During yesterday’s inquest Mrs Parry’s provisional cause of death was given as hypoxic ischemic brain injury, due to compression of the neck. Proceedings were then adjourned until a hearing on October 19.