Neighbour who trashed widow's shrine to late husband is given two-year ...

A grieving widow has won a restraining order against her busybody neighbour after he trashed a shrine to her late husband in their communal garden.

Church volunteer Margaret Ilkovics, 57, had placed shrubs, ornaments and a memory box under a pussy willow tree in a communal garden as a 'shrine' to her late spouse Richard, who died of cancer at 54. 

But she was subjected to a 'hate campaign' by neighbour Anthony Kenyon, 48, who claimed the tribute at Regina Court in Salford was a 'health and safety hazard'.

Kenyon is accused of uprooting her 3ft tree, purposefully killing her plants by spraying them in weedkiller, and damaging ornaments by dumping them in a wheelie bin while Mrs Ilkovics was away on holiday.   

The ex-social worker was also accused of writing the widow notes, claiming she had a 'bogus husband', suggesting she only married him for his money, and accusing her of shoplifting. 

One note, found attached to the shoebox of ornaments, said: 'Please find enclosed the funeral ornaments you placed without permission. 

'Said items I'm reliably informed are supposed to be placed indoors either side of an urn for example.

Margaret Ilkovics, 57, had placed shrubs, ornaments and a memory box under a pussy willow tree in a communal garden as a ¿shrine¿ to her late spouse Richard, who died of cancer at 54

Margaret Ilkovics, 57, had placed shrubs, ornaments and a memory box under a pussy willow tree in a communal garden as a 'shrine' to her late spouse Richard, who died of cancer at 54

But she was subjected to a 'hate campaign' by neighbour Anthony Kenyon, 48, who claimed the tribute at Regina Court in Salford was a 'health and safety hazard'

But she was subjected to a 'hate campaign' by neighbour Anthony Kenyon, 48, who claimed the tribute at Regina Court in Salford was a 'health and safety hazard'

Kenyon is accused of uprooting her 3ft tree, killing her plants by spraying them in weedkiller, and damaging ornaments by dumping them in a wheelie bin while Mrs Ilkovics was on holiday

Kenyon is accused of uprooting her 3ft tree, killing her plants by spraying them in weedkiller, and damaging ornaments by dumping them in a wheelie bin while Mrs Ilkovics was on holiday

'Whilst one appreciates certain individuals placing such items and all manner of other rubbish on graves, it is not acceptable in a domestic garden.

'You have caused not only an affront to my religious beliefs but blocked access to the fire escape and wasted police time.'

He once 'ranted and raved' at Mrs Ilkovics through a window at his flat and phoned ambulances to her home wrongly claiming she had a severe mental illness and needed 'taking away', court was told. 

At Manchester Magistrates' Court, Kenyon was issued with a two-month restraining order after JPs suggested he avoid his neighbour by putting out his rubbish bins at different times and temporarily waiting inside his hallway if he heard her going outside.

MailOnline previously reported how he was convicted of harassment between September 2018 and February 2019 but was cleared of assaulting Mrs Ilkovics by throwing a dog toy at her. He denied any wrongdoing.

Mrs Ilkovics had married her husband in June 2018 as he lay terminally ill in hospital and he died the following month.

But she fell out with Kenyon when she set up the shrine outside their respective homes in the apartment complex which houses the elderly or those with disabilities.

Mrs Ilkovics told JPs: 'Before Rick got ill we planted a little pussy willow in 2016 and after his death I put a few things that were a tribute to him – plastic hearts, flowers and such like.

'The little heart had 'sadly missed' on it and there was a little angel and a little heart with flowers that my friend gave me to put there. It was something to put there in honour of my late husband – it wasn't a great big tribute it was just three little ornaments.

Margaret Ilkovics, 57, had placed shrubs, ornaments and a memory box under a pussy willow tree in a communal garden as a ¿shrine¿ to her late spouse Richard, who died of cancer at 54

Margaret Ilkovics, 57, had placed shrubs, ornaments and a memory box under a pussy willow tree in a communal garden as a 'shrine' to her late spouse Richard, who died of cancer at 54

'When Mr Kenyon originally moved into his flat I had personally asked him does he mind if I worked on the garden and put things in it and his answer was: 'you can do anything you want with it – I'm not into gardening.'

'I like a nice garden it is therapeutic for me. But the first thing was I received was note in the box I had made which was saying I only married Rick for his money and that he was a 'bogus' husband.

'My sister had invited me over to Portugal for a week but when It got back, a neighbour was at the door

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