Thursday, May 15, 2008

darth vader receives suspended sentence

Some stories are strange on a lot of levels.

In Holyhead, Wales, there is a group of people who call themselves the Jedi church. As you might imagine, the "church" is made up of around 30 people who find inspiration from the Star Wars films.

Founded by Barney Jones (aka Master Mormi Hehol), this group believes that the Star Wars films give us insight and knowledge and serve as "a guide to living a better and more worthwhile life."

They are serious. They have regular meetings to exercise their beliefs.

Unfortunately, Darth Vader (aka Arwel Wynne Hughes) found out about a Jedi meeting (where a Jedi promotional video was being made) and decided to punish the insurrectionists.

After finishing most of a 2.5 gallon box of white wine, Hughes donned his Vader costume. Then, wearing a black plastic bag as a cape, he attacked members of the church as they practiced a light-saber duel.

Video tape shows Hughes yelling "Vader!! Jediis!" as he approached and attacked the hapless Jedi knights with a metal crutch.

For his attack, "Vader" has been given two months of jail but the sentence has been suspended for a year. In addition, he has to pay each one of his victims $195 plus court costs.

showing at last that a light saber is no match for a metal crutch

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