A Sheffield pensioner besotted with a former neighbour has been spared jail after breaching a restraining order.
Charles Jenkinson, aged 68, was ordered to stay away from the woman after being convicted of harassing her in May, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
The order banned contact and Jenkinson was warned not to go to her home on Greaves Lane, Stannington.
The court heard the pair had been neighbours 10 years previously and Jenkinson had developed feelings for her.
He wanted to ‘befriend her’ and take her and her family on a cruise.
On June 14, he was seen looking into the house and the next day he knocked at the door and told her husband: “I’ve come to get your wife.”
The following day, he knocked on the door again and was arrested.
Her number was found in his phone and he had applied for Caravan Club membership cards in her name.
Sentencing, Judge Sarah Wright told Jenkinson, of Moorbank Close, Sandygate: “You have delusions about that lady and her feelings for you. There were no threats or violence towards her, but the psychological harm you have caused to her and her family is serious.
“She is living in fear, is scared and afraid to go out and has had an alarm fitted at her home.
The court heard Jenkinson had a history of mental illness dating back to 1986 and had stopped taking his medication prior to the incidents.
Judge Wright gave him an eight-week jail term, suspended for a year.