When Bryan Davies’s funeral cortege travels through Accrington next week, it will take a special route past the homes of two young girls who played pivotal roles in his life… and death.
But those inside the homes will not be emerging for a tearful goodbye – because it is claimed the youngsters’ lies drove Bryan to an early grave.
In August this year, the retired mechanic was falsely accused of being a paedophile by two schoolgirls, aged ten and 11.
Police quickly cleared him of any wrongdoing – but rumours spread around the local area and he became a hate figure.
Bricks were hurled through the windows of the Lancashire home he shared with fiancée Debbie, and the couple could not walk the streets without being verbally abused.
With the stress building, Bryan, 63, suffered a stroke and developed a kidney problem – but vowed to fight on and clear his name.
Sadly, prophetically, he said before his passing: “I won’t give in. It’ll probably kill me but I won’t run away with my tail between my legs.”
But on Friday, December 4, he died suddenly from a heart attack, having been rushed to hospital with heart and kidney pains.
Now heartbroken fiancée Debbie wants to see the girls – who cannot be named for legal reasons – punished for the “vile lies” which she believes led directly to Bryan’s death.
And to make sure they realise the damage they have caused, she has arranged for the hearse carrying his coffin to go past their homes at a crawl when he is taken to be buried on Wednesday.