A mother and her two young sons were left terrified when they were approached by a man wielding an axe on a Doncaster street.
The mum screamed at her children to run inside their Kirk Sandall home when Alexander Hill made his way towards them brandishing the axe and shouting ‘Come on!’
Hill, aged 25, of Nunnington Way, who pleaded guilty to possession of an axe and affray at Sheffield Crown Court and was ordered to get mental health treatment as part of a two-year community order.
Sam Andrews, prosecuting, said the mother had first noticed Hill when she was parking her car at Marsden Gardens on April 9 last year.
“She had returned at about 9pm after doing some shopping and she had her two boys with her, aged 11 and eight.
She noticed the defendant nearby and realised he was carrying an axe. He approached her and was shouting ‘Come on’ to her.
“This terrified her and the children. She screamed to the children to run to the flat and they were all in a panic.”
Hill remained outside the property and was seen swinging the axe at bollards.
The mother shut her blinds and ordered her sons to stay away from the windows as she called the police, who arrived promptly and arrested Hill.
He told police he had been planning to cut his wrists with the axe and denied trying to threaten the mother or anyone else.
Digby Johnson, defending, said Hill had spent time as an inpatient at a mental health unit.
“He was just unable to cope. He can’t believe what he did.
“His parents stand by him and there’s an address for him to return to. He is hopeful of being able to stabilise, normalise and return to employment.”