Mr Brandish, a West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic for 20 years and now head of a property and transport business, said his reputation was in tatters.
I'll have to move away," said Mr Brandish, of Croft Road, Nuneaton.
Brandish, acting as an agent for Spencer, then went with Sam and Mike to see an industrial unit in Barnt Green, Worcestershire.
As a result of that Brandish was satisfied they were what they claimed to be, namely shady businessmen," said Mr Treacy.
Mr Brandish quit the ambulance service in the 80s to set up his own independent ambulance depot, which was based where the couple's home now stands.
Mrs Brandish said: "The man who brought me the water kept saying how sorry he was, over and over.
Mr and Mrs Brandish
expressed their sympathy for the family of the woman who died.
, who received treatment for high blood pressure after the incident, said: "It felt like an hour altogether.
DEVASTATING: Maureen Brandish
with some of the burnt out minibuses.
, aged 61, said: "Maureen had to sit down when she saw it.
had suffered for many years from Parkinson's disease and lived in the council's old folks home Bevan Lodge before moving into sheltered accommodation and latterly Keresley Wood Nursing Home in Tamworth.
has been selling, servicing and supplying parts to the people of Coventry and the surrounding areas for as long as most people can remember, their finger is very much on the pulse of today's ever-changing motor trade.
and his co-accused Anthony Spencer, who dubbed themselves the "Nuneaton Two," were cleared on Friday, Jan-uary 21, of conspiracy to supply thousands of pounds worth of amphetamines and cannabis.
Colman Treacy QC, prosecuting, said Brandish
and Spencer were at the top of a large-scale enterprise dealing in amphetamines and cannabis.
The pair known as Sam and Mike used undercover tactics to secretly monitor the activities of Lionel Brandish
and Anthony Spencer, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court was told.