The farce was with them

Bloody hell, this one takes some beating. Note particularly the remark of the judge when faced with an apparent no-show by the defendant. From BBC News:

Drunk Darth Vader’s Jedi assault

A man posing as Darth Vader attacked a Star Wars fan, who had founded a Jedi Church, a court has heard.

Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, from Holyhead, Anglesey, admitted assaulting Barney Jones and cousin Michael with a metal crutch. They suffered minor injuries.

Hughes, who was drunk and dressed in a black bin bag, shouted “Darth Vader!”

Earlier, when Hughes failed to arrive on time, District Judge Andrew Shaw issued an arrest warrant, adding: “I hope the force will soon be with him.”


Outlining the case againt Hughes, prosectutor Nia Lloyd said Barney Jones had recently started the Jedi church in Holyhead – in honour of the Star Wars’ good knights.

It had about 30 members locally and “thousands worldwide”.

The cousins had been filming themselves playing with light sabres in the garden before the attack.

Hughes admitted two charges of common assault.


Both men were left upset by the incident and they believed it was pre-planned.

[Jones’ lawyer] added that the pair believe “very strongly in the church and their religion”. Read full story here…