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Pastafarian likens wearing collander to court to a BURQA

A ‘pastafarian’ charged with hitting a ski resort manager with a snowboard faced court wearing a collander as a hat.

Keith Melvyn Wass, 51, allegedly attacked Jordan Rodgers, the general manager of Thredbo Alpine Village, during an argument last month.

Wass appeared in court wearing the collander, which is sacred headwear to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, likening it to a Muslim wearing a burqa.

‘Pastafarian’ Keith Melvyn Wass, 51, faced court wearing a collander as a hat, which he likened to a Muslim wearing a burqa

Wass (pictured in his Chewbacca costume) allegedly attacked Jordan Rodgers, the general manager of Thredbo Alpine Village, during an argument last month

Wass (pictured in his Chewbacca costume) allegedly attacked Jordan Rodgers, the general manager of Thredbo Alpine Village, during an argument last month

‘The colander is our most holy object in the religion,’ he told Ten News outside Cooma Local Court on Wednesday.

‘People come up and say nice hat and I can say “it’s not a hat, it’s a colander”.’ 

Wass, who is the second person in NSW to win the right to wear a collander in his driver’s licence photo, was booted off the ski slopes for wearing a Chewbacca costume.

The satirical religion follower admitted to the attack on Facebook – and claimed it was prompted by his alleged victim banning him from snowboarding.

Wass pictured smoking outside Cooma Local Court on Wednesday

Wass pictured smoking outside Cooma Local Court on Wednesday

Keith Melvyn Wass is accused of attacking the manager of a ski resort with a snowboard

Keith Melvyn Wass is accused of attacking the manager of a ski resort with a snowboard

Wass said the collander was sacred headwear to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which he follows

Wass claimed outside court that snowboarding helped with a medical condition

Wass claimed outside court that snowboarding helped with a medical condition

Wass is the second person in NSW to win the right to wear a collander in his driver's licence photo

Wass is the second person in NSW to win the right to wear a collander in his driver’s licence photo

Mr Rodgers, 55, who sustained facial and dental injuries, told him he couldn’t dress as the Star Wars character because it ‘threatened and intimidated’ children.

‘Been banned from Thredbo by the CEO Jordan Rogers for riding in the Chewbacca costume, so I dropped him, he lost consciousness and some teeth,’ he wrote.

‘Coped a head but [sic] to the bridge of the nose and have been having some difficulty with balance.’ 

He added: ‘Been ordered not to have any contact with Thredbo staff (even if I know them) about what happened and must stay 15km away from Thredbo.’ 

Jordan Rodgers, the general manager of the ski resort, sustained facial and dental injuries

Jordan Rodgers, the general manager of the ski resort, sustained facial and dental injuries

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Wass claimed the incident started because Mr Rodgers banned from from snowboarding in his costume

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Wass claimed the incident started because Mr Rodgers banned from from snowboarding in his costume

He has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, causing reckless grievous bodily harm and using an offensive weapon with the intention to commit an indictable offense

He has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, causing reckless grievous bodily harm and using an offensive weapon with the intention to commit an indictable offense

Wass claimed outside court that snowboarding helped with a medical condition.

‘When they stopped me accessing the mountain they stopped me for getting medical treatment, so clearly my life has no value,’ he said.

He has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, causing reckless grievous bodily harm and using an offensive weapon with the intention to commit an indictable offense.

In court on Wednesday adjourned the case until November and told Wass the find legal representation.

In court on Wednesday adjourned the case until November and told Wass the find legal representation

In court on Wednesday adjourned the case until November and told Wass the find legal representation

Wass wearing the Star Wars character costume on the NSW ski slopes

Wass wearing the Star Wars character costume on the NSW ski slopes

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