Truth stranger than fiction again

May 13, 2008

One that definitely sits in the “Truth is stranger than fiction” file is this story from the Sydney Morning Herald website today.

Apparently a man has got away with a suspended jail sentence after he posed as Darth Vader and attacked a Jedi Church. Yes, there is so much wrong with the preceding sentence that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Apparently, Arwel Wynne Hughes wore a garbage bag as a cape to round out his Vader disguise (in fact, as his entire disguise) and attacked Barney Jones and his cousin, Michael Jones. Barney, aka Master Jonba Hehol (seriously, I’m not making this up) is the founder of the Anglesey branch of the Church of Jediism in Wales, UK. The church apparently has 30-odd members. Presumably this is a small slice of the 390,000 people that claimed the Jedi religion as their faith in the 2001 UK census.

Interestingly, Hughes’ weapon of choice was not a light sabre but a metal crutch. Not very becoming for a Sith Lord, really. He did have a strong defence however. When asked why he had done it, he claimed to have drunk “the best part” of a ten litre box of wine and had no recollection of the incident.

Now, I know this may just be my own English sense of the absurd showing through, but the funniest part of all this in my mind is that this whole incident would have occurred with Welsh accents. And best of all, I’ve found the video.

The guys that were attacked were filming themselves performing a “light sabre” battle when the Sith Lord attacked, so the whole thing was caught on tape. By far the funniest part of all this is the Jedi Knight at the end saying, “Aaah, really quite painful.”


Here’s the Sydney Morning Herald report that I originally read. (Thanks for the heads up, Pete!)

And here’s the video footage on the BBC website.


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3 Responses to Truth stranger than fiction again

  1. Steve on May 14, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Ah yes the 2001 Census in the UK- the one where originally you could describe yourself as scottish, welsh, irish, pakistani, indian, etc but NOT english. I beleive there was a similar problem with the question about religion – OK if you were Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish but otherwise there were limitations, however there was an other box, and filling in Jedi Knight was a way to protest about the way the question had been written

  2. alan on May 14, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Or to confirm that you were, in fact, a Jedi.

    Though your explanation is more likely.

  3. James Frost on May 15, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Personally I think the funniest bit is the judge’s comments :

    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.”

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