A STAR Wars fan attacked by “Darth Vader” is no longer running Britain’s first Jedi church.
Barney Jones, a 27-year-old hairdresser who helped found the church at Holyhead in Anglesey, said he has become “detached” from it after being set upon.
Last week jobless Arwel Wynne Hughes, also 27, and of Holyhead, received a suspended two-month prison term after he admitted assaulting Barney, known as Master Jonba Hehol, and his 18-year-old cousin Michael Jones, who goes by the name of Master Mormi Hehol, with a metal crutch.
The pair had been filming a documentary in a garden when drunken Hughes, wearing a black bin-bag as a cape and shouting “Darth Vader,” launched his attack.
The church has 30 members locally and the “faith” has thousands of supporters worldwide. But Barney’s brother Daniel, 21, who helped found the British branch, said he was now “detached” from it.
He said : “Barney can’t hack it. We are getting mobbed by people in the street but some are poking fun.”
The aim is to have a community without bias or prejudice and apply the wisdom of Jedi characters in the Stars Wars films.
A church official declared: “The church is a force for good. We’re in the middle of sorting out a structured training programme. We’re aiming to bring the Jedi way of life to the masses.”
But Barney said :”I wish to step away from publicity.”