Teenager who chased pregnant woman with axe while dressed as ‘killer clown’ is jailed
An 18 year old who chased a pregnant woman with an axe dressed as a clown has been sent down for 6 months.
Michael March is the first person to be imprisoned in the UK over the craze that swept the world.
The woman, who was 22 weeks pregnant, threw a brick at him before he ran off.
Mr March told Newcastle Crown Court he accepted his actions were “foolish and reckless” and it must have been frightening for the couple.
Jailing him for six months today, Judge Jamie Hill QC said: “Brandishing an axe and threatening people in the street is serious whatever the context.”
The night before Halloween last year, March waited for the pair to walk past the car park of a pub before banging an axe on the ground – but the joke went badly “wrong”.
The mum-to-be was so frightened she threw a brick at him in a bid to scare him off, magistrates were told.
March, of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, who was 17 at the time, was joining in the so-called killer clown craze that swept the nation last year and claimed it was a joke that went wrong.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at a hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.