A woman has hit out at a neighbour for trespassing on the property belonging to her dead parent’s house and “slaughtered” their garden.
Kate Aminoff’s parents lived in Ashdale Grove until her mother passed away three months ago and the property was empty.
The next door neighbour asked Kate if he could cut some over growing ivy on the fence, which she agreed to. What happened next left Kate and her brother in disbelief.
She said: “When the neighbour said he wanted to cut some overgrown ivy, I thought he was doing the decent neighbourly thing but a few days later I had a call from their other neighbour to say the back gate was completely off.”
Upon visiting her mother’s house, Kate was met with a destroyed garden; the ivy across the whole of the joint fence was left dumped in the garden and the gate and fence was badly damaged.
When the police came the next day, they neighbours told the officers that burglars did it.
Kate added: “He denied that he had anything to do with it. I had a really tough time because both my parent were ill over the past five years and when both passed away it all bottled up. If my parents were still alive it wouldn’t have happened – it’s disgusting.
“My parents loved their garden, they spent thousands on it and even had gardeners come in and look after it over the 27 years they lived there.
“We never really noticed the ivy growing and it wasn’t even growing up on his garden so we couldn’t understand why they done it.
“I said to the neighbour and a big Irish bloke who did the chopping I’ll take them to court to repay the costs of clearing it up.”
Kate, her brother and the two men involved in the ivy felling settled the dispute privately where they agreed to pay £300 towards the cost of replacing the gate, fence and the clearing of ivy.