Elton John's half-brother, 56, brings 'religious' trident to court
Elton John’s estranged half-brother, 56, brings ceremonial ‘religious’ trident representing Britannia to court where he is fined £120 after admitting having magic mushrooms for personal use
- Geoff Dwight, 56, from Ruthin, pleaded guilty to possessing ‘magic mushrooms’
- On arrival he carried a trident on his shoulder in case he had to swear an oath
- Read more: Elton John’s half-brother fined £200 for breaking coronavirus rules
The half-brother of music legend Elton John brought a ceremonial trident to court today before he was fined for having magic mushrooms.
Geoff Dwight, 56, of Borthyn, Ruthin, North Wales, pleaded guilty to possessing the Class A drugs at his home in December 2021.
Appearing at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court, he was fined £120 and ordered to pay £119 in costs.
On arrival he carried a trident on his shoulder in case he had to swear an oath – but security guards refused to allow it in the building.
Geoff Dwight (pictured), 56, of Borthyn, Ruthin, North Wales, pleaded guilty to possessing ‘magic mushrooms’ at his home in December 2021
On arrival he carried a trident on his shoulder in case he had to swear an oath – but security guards refused to allow it in the building
Prosecutor Justin Espie said the Class A drug, for personal use, was found during a search.
Defence solicitor Nia Dawson said : ‘The most disturbing part is the time it’s taken for the matter to come to court, 13 months, it’s unacceptable.
‘A small amount of mushrooms were found in his premises. He had forgotten they were there. They are against the law.’
Dwight was self-employed and had earned £6,000-a-year. But last year his income reduced to zero after police seized his phone and computer.
Leaving court, he explained the ‘religious’ pole represented Sheba and Britannia.
He said: ‘Brexit happened so we are sailing the high seas of the world again. If I were having to swear an oath, I would have sworn on it.’
Geoff Dwight pictured at his home in Ruthin Denbighshire. Mr Dwight has barely been in contact with his famous half-brother and has led an ‘alternative’ lifestyle in the picturesque vale of Clwyd where he hand-made yurts and harps and organised music festivals
Appearing at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court, Dwight was fined £120 and ordered to pay £119 costs
Geoff Dwight has barely been in contact with his famous half-brother and has led an ‘alternative’ lifestyle in the picturesque vale of Clwyd where he hand-made yurts and harps and organised music festivals.
In 2021 he was fined £200 for breaching coronavirus rules by going to an illegal ‘rave’ with more than 200 revellers in the Welsh countryside.
Dwight said at the hearing that the ‘Blackpearl’ event near Llandrillo on August 29 2021 was a private spiritual gathering that he had attended for many years.
Dwight and his partner Karen Webb, 58, also of Ruthin, had originally been accused of helping to organise an illegal music event in breach of coronavirus restrictions, but admitted the lesser offence of attending a gathering.
Dwight has previously criticised how his father, Stanley, had been portrayed as cold and unsupportive in the Elton John biopic Rocketman.
In the film, Stanley questions whether a young Sir Elton is good enough for a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music and scolds him for not practising his piano scales.
Geoff Dwight (circled age seven) has barely been in contact with his famous half-brother Elton (right). Pictured with their father and siblings
Out of contact: Apart from exchanging the occasional Christmas card, Geoff has not sought a relationship with Elton since he was 16 [pictured several years ago during a time he lived in a garden shed]
But hitting out at the portrayal of Stanley, Dwight, one of Stanley’s four younger sons by his second marriage, said: ‘That’s not the Dad I remember.’
Dwight claimed Elton only chooses to ‘believe what he wants to believe’ and that he seems to have suffered ‘massive memory loss’.
He said: ‘Dad had a big heart and he loved us all equally. He was incredibly proud of Elton and everything that he achieved.’
He added: ‘This coldness, it’s a million miles away from what Dad was like.
‘He was a product of a time when men didn’t go around hugging each other and showing their feelings every minute of every day, but he had plenty of love in him for all of us.
‘As a kid, my memories of Dad are of him laughing and larking around. If one of us was upset, he’d do something silly like pretend to be a chimpanzee or he’d start tickling us.’
The makers of Rocketman called the film a ‘fantasy musical’. Stanley died in 1991.
Sir Elton was born Reginald Dwight and took on his new name in 1972.
Biopic: As Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton (right), rewrites his own family history, Geoff feels he has to speak out in defence of their father (played by Steven Mackintosh, left)
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