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Vader Attacks Jedis; Given Suspended Sentence

Postby StlSluggers » Mon May 19, 2008 3:29 pm

This article is just hilarious, but the last sentence is utterly priceless.

MSNBC.com wrote:HOLYHEAD, Wales - A man who dressed up as Darth Vader, wearing a garbage bag for a cape, and assaulted the founders of a group calling itself the Jedi church was given a suspended sentence Tuesday.

Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, attacked Jedi church founder Barney Jones — aka 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 — known as Master Mormi Hehol — bruising his thigh in the March 25 incident, prosecutors said.

The two cousins and Barney Jones' brother, Daniel, set up the Church of Jediism, Anglesey order, last year. Jedi is the faith followed by some of the central characters in the "Star Wars" films.

The group, which claims about 30 members, says on its Web site that it uses "insight and knowledge" from the films as "a guide to living a better and more worthwhile life."

"We all love the films and what they stand for. Obviously some people are going to laugh about it," the Wales on Sunday newspaper quoted Barney Jones as saying last month. "But a lot of people do take it seriously."

Unfortunately for Hughes, his March attack 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 better 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.

In the 2001 United Kingdom census, 390,000 — 0.7 percent of the population — listed Jedi as their religion.
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Re: Vader Attacks Jedis; Given Suspended Sentence

Postby knapplc » Mon May 19, 2008 3:41 pm

That's a lot of wine, that's all I can say. At least he's drinking the good stuff. ;-D
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Re: Vader Attacks Jedis; Given Suspended Sentence

Postby jlm53089 » Mon May 19, 2008 10:59 pm

Haha This made my day.

I think it is hillarious that someone dressed up as Darth Vader and assaulted a group of "Jedis".
Haha, no if he had used a red stick or something it would of been better but a crutch is good.

and I like the part where they had a camera because they were filming their lightsaber battle. LOL.
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Re: Vader Attacks Jedis; Given Suspended Sentence

Postby AcidRock23 » Wed May 21, 2008 10:55 pm

Ok, where is the YouTube of their video? That would be some funny stuff...I'd say it is almost guaranteed there are bowls of Doritos or whatever passes for Doritos over there in the background?
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Re: Vader Attacks Jedis; Given Suspended Sentence

Postby StlSluggers » Fri May 23, 2008 4:08 pm

AcidRock23 wrote:Ok, where is the YouTube of their video?

Ask and you shall receive.

Gotta say, I was hoping for more. :-/
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Postby Amazinz » Fri May 23, 2008 10:59 pm

Are you sure that's the real thing and not some mock-up? Definitely disappointing if it's the real.
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Postby JTWood » Fri May 23, 2008 11:18 pm

Amazinz wrote:Are you sure that's the real thing and not some mock-up? Definitely disappointing if it's the real.

I actually found it the day he asked, but I thought it was fake, too. Then I saw it linked in a BBC story.

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Re: Vader Attacks Jedis; Given Suspended Sentence

Postby wake » Sat May 24, 2008 1:35 pm

I can't believe they pressed charges for that. He just tapped them with his crutch
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