A 48-year-old nightmare neighbor "ravaged" a widow's shrine for her late husband in a community garden by digging a three-foot-tall tree, pouring weedkiller on grass, and smashing ornaments – after claiming he ended up in A&E when he hit Head on a hanging basket & # 39 ;.
Anthony Kenyon, 48, put Church volunteer Margaret Ilkovics, 57, on a hate campaign after placing shrubs, various ornaments and a memory box under a pussy willow tree as a daily reminder of her late spouse Richard, who was aged died of cancer only 54 years ago.
Kenyon claimed the tribute at Regina Court in Salford, Greater Manchester was a health and safety hazard and uprooted the three-foot-tall tree, used weed killer to kill the grass and plants, and even damaged the ornaments, which included memorial dolls.
He was also accused of having notes that Ms. Ilkovics had a "wrong husband" and that she only married him for his money.
Earlier this week, Kenyon claimed he only started leaving the notes after banging his head on a hanging basket, resulting in a trip to A&E.
Margaret Ilkovics, 57, filled her garden in Salford with plants as a shrine to her late husband Richard, who died of cancer at the age of 54
Anthony Kenyon left a note after throwing some of the shrine's ornaments in a trash can and told Ms. Ilkovic the garden was an "affront" to his religious beliefs
Kenyon would "rant and rave" her behind a window in his apartment and unnecessarily call an ambulance to Ms. Ilkovic's house for falsely claiming she had severe mental illness and needed to "take away".
During one incident, Kenyon tossed some of the ornaments in a shoebox on Mrs. Ilkovic's trash can while she was on vacation.
“Enclosed are the funeral ornaments that you placed without permission. These objects, about which I am reliably informed, should, for example, be placed indoors on both sides of an urn.
“While it is appreciated that certain people put such items and all sorts of other rubbish on graves, it is unacceptable in a home garden. Not only did they offend my religious beliefs, but they blocked access to the fire escape and wasted police time. & # 39;
Another note he put in his window, referring to Ms. Ilkovic's house, said, "Goods available that were only condemned cash on delivery. Convicted shoplifter."
This week, Kenyon was convicted of molestation in the Manchester Magistrates' Court between September 2018 and February 2019.
He was released from attacking Ms. Ilkovic by throwing a dog toy at her. He denied any wrongdoing.
57-year-old Margaret Ilkovics placed shrubs, various ornaments and a memory box under a pussy willow tree to remember her late spouse Richard, who died of cancer at the age of only 54, on a daily basis
The court heard that Ms. Ilkovics married her husband in June 2018 when he was hospitalized terminally ill and died the following month. But she fell out with Kenyon when she set up the shrine outside their respective homes in the apartment complex that houses the elderly or people with disabilities.
Ms. Ilkovics told the judges: “Before Rick got sick, we planted a little pussy willow in 2016 and after his death I added a few things to pay tribute to him – plastic hearts, flowers and the like.
& # 39; The little heart had it & # 39; unfortunately missed & # 39; and there was a little angel and a little heart with flowers that my friend gave me to put there. It was something I could place there in honor of my late husband – it wasn't a big homage, it was just three little ornaments.
"When Mr. Kenyon originally moved into his apartment, I asked him personally if he minded if I garden and put things in, and his response was," You can do anything you want with it – I'm not in the garden ". .
The first thing I received was a note in the box saying I only married Rick for his money and that he was a & # 39; fake & # 39; Husband was. My sister had invited me to Portugal for a week, but when it came back a neighbor was waiting for me at the door and said, "You are on the trash can" and I saw a note about the ornaments.
“I was very upset when it came to my husband and my husband was my life. What Mr. Kenyon said about the ornaments was terrible.
“How can an ornament create a fire hazard? I reported it to the housing association, but I received three more notes saying hateful and nasty things about having second and third hand things in the garden – that I was this, that and the other.
Ms. Ilkovics says she saw her neighbor spray weed killers "several times" on her garden.
One was pinned to the dolls on my doorstep. I had bought some slate when I thought the lawn was going to die, but it was the weed killer.
“I had seen him spray weed killer on the garden several times – why would he use weed killer in the garden because he knew he was going to kill my plants that I was proud of?
& # 39; It influenced me a lot. I have depression and anxiety and I wanted to kill myself at some point. I couldn't live with the pain he did with what was once mine and my husband's pride and joy. It hurt a lot to lose my husband and it still hurts.
“It's disgusting and awful to have to live with. I lie up all night thinking he's going to do something and most of the time I'm right.
Once my friend's daughter paid for me to go to the Costa del Sol for a break. I hadn't been home long when I knocked on my door at 6 a.m. and banged a lot outside.
“I knew it would have something to do with Anthony Kenyon. I soon found everything smashed and pulled up again – the grid with the roses, the rose bush, the grid around the garden. The fencing shattered.
The pussy willow had been twisted as if she had tried to pull them out and I almost passed out. I was scared and upset because that was the last thing I could remember about my husband. Mr. Kenyon was talking through the window, raving and raving about my roses on the floor that were standing in front of his front door and using terrible language. I don't know what he was talking about. & # 39;
In his defense, Kenyon admitted posting notes but denied uprooting the tree and plants. He told the hearing, “The garden was loaded with so many things that it was a mess.
“I had to go to a hospital emergency room because I hit my head on one of their large hanging baskets while I was taking out the trash. These notes were intended to alert her that what she had done was dangerous and reckless. & # 39;
The chairwoman of Judge Linda Hendry, who sentenced Kenyon, said: “Ms. Ilkovics' evidence has been largely consistent and credible. Mr. Kenyon's evidence has been distracting at times. & # 39; Kenyon was released on bail on conviction in October.
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