Jealous lover who took on Darth Vader discovered the force wasn't with him

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By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, October 19, 2012, 09:20

A MAN from Walsall felt the full force of the law after aiming a punch at Darth Vader but missing and striking his wife.

Ikbal Hare believed his neighbour, called Darth Vader, had been having a relationship with his girlfriend and made his presence known by aiming a blow at Vader only to strike Vader's wife on the right cheek.

Mr Tim Sapwell, prosecuting at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday, said there had been problems earlier in the day when police were called out to an alleged domestic dispute involving Hare and his girlfriend Kerry Campbell.

Mrs Vader knew the couple as neighbours in Milner Street and Hare revealed he suspected her husband had been romancing Miss Campbell.

When Mrs Vader questioned her husband about the claim which he strenuously denied, he went to confront Hare, added Mr Sapwell, and the couple met the 35-year-old's dark side.

"There was a scuffle involving the two men and Mrs Vader tried to get between them," Mr Sapwell said.

"The defendant struck her but there is evidence that, in fact, he had been trying to hit Darth Vader."

Hare then picked up a brick and threw sand into the face of Vader whose wife was so worried about him getting involved in a further confrontation that she locked him in their house.

But he rebelled and climbed out of a window after people were shouting that Hare had armed himself with a knife. Hare then ran off chased by a number of people but he was arrested two days later at the home of his girlfriend.

Hare, of Milner Street, admitted assault, possessing a bladed article and disorderly behaviour and he was given an 18-month Community Order coupled with 18 months supervision.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community by Judge Helen Hughes who told him his decision to leave the area removed the risk of him being involved in any further trouble.

Mr Jas Mann, defending, told the court: "He knows he behaved badly. Whatever provocation there had been there was no excuse for what he did."

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