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Vader assaults the church of Jedi ...

People...you can't make this stuff up! This story was actually posted on Foxnews. com this morning:

A man who dressed up as Darth Vader, wearing a black garbage bag for a cape, and assaulted the founders of Britain's first Jedi church was given a suspended sentence Tuesday.

Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, attacked Jedi church founder Barney Jones — a.k.a. Master Jonba Hehol — with a metal crutch, hitting him on the head, prosecutors told Holyhead Magistrates' Court. He also whacked Jones' 18-year-old cousin, Michael Jones — or Master Mormi Hehol — bruising his thigh, in the March 25 incident.

Unfortunately for Hughes, the incident was recorded on a video camera that the cousins had set up to film themselves in a light saber battle.

"Darth Vader! Jedis!" Hughes shouted as he approached.

Hughes claimed he couldn't remember the incident, having drunk the best part of a 2 1/2-gallon box of wine beforehand.

"He knows his behavior was wrong and didn't want it to happen but he has no recollection of it," said Hughes' lawyer, Frances Jones.

District Judge Andrew Shaw sentenced Hughes to two months in jail but suspended the sentence for one year. He also ordered Hughes to pay $195 to each of his victims and $117 in court costs.

Barney Jones, his brother Daniel and cousin Michael set up the Church of Jediism, Anglesey order, last year. It claims about 30 members.

Jedi is the faith followed by some of the central characters in the "Star Wars" films. In the 2001 United Kingdom census, 390,000 — 0.7 percent of the population — listed Jedi as their religion.


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May. 14th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
LOL!! My husband told me about this story when he got home yesterday. :D
May. 14th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
A story like that just begs to be told!
May. 14th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
If they were these guys...


There might have been some smapping. Or baking...

XC [JMC169Xena]
May. 14th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Interesting site, I spent quite a bit of time there. Those guys managed to talk almost every science fiction actor around to pose with them!
May. 14th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
I just keep thinking of Eddie Izzard's Vader sketch..
May. 14th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Fit's right in, doesn't it? :-)
May. 15th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
. . .

Yeah. This is one of those stories that you can't make up. No one would ever believe you.

May. 17th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Absolutely true.
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