He Prefers Prison To Wearing Clothes!

by Gopalan on  January 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM Lifestyle News
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 He Prefers Prison To Wearing Clothes!
Stephen Gough, also known the Naked Rambler, a former Royal Marine, seems determined to remain unclothed for the rest of his life - even if it means the minor inconvenience of imprisonment!

He has spent much of the past seven years in prison for repeatedly appearing nude in public.

He was yesterday found guilty of breaching the peace when he walked naked from Perth prison in December after finishing a 12 month sentence for the same offence. Mr Gough was warned he will continue to be jailed every time he steps out of prison without any clothes on.

The 50-year-old, who conducted his own defence while appearing in court completely naked, turned down an offer to walk free on the condition that he got dressed.

Perth Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Gough she would consider granting him bail to go home to his "warmer" house in Eastleigh, Hampshire, if he agreed to put some clothes on. He refused the offer and was remanded in custody.

Ordering psychological and psychiatric reports, the Sheriff said: "When the day comes for you to be released, you will be apprehended and the same process gone through again."

Mr Gough said he accepted he could "potentially" remain in jail forever and added: "This is about individual freedom."

The father of two has spent most of the past seven years in Scottish jails after stripping off on a flight to Edinburgh. Since then he has declined to wear prison uniform or to appear clothed in court, resulting in further custodial sentences for contempt.

It was while returning to Edinburgh to appeal against contempt of court convictions in Scotland that he undressed on board an early morning flight from Bournemouth airport.

He shot into notoriety for walking the length of Great Britain from Land's End to John o' Groats in 2003-2004 with nothing on except boots, socks, rucksack and sometimes a hat. He has been arrested several times and put in prison in the course of his ramble.

His second Land's End to John o' Groats ramble was in 2005-2006 and accompanied by his girlfriend Melanie Roberts. He was arrested twice in England but almost immediately released. The legal system and many laws are different in Scotland and after crossing the border there were further arrests — the current total being over 20, one of which was for committing contempt of court as he appeared naked before a judge.

His website claims that ordering him to wear clothes for his court appearance "breached Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights - Right to a Fair Trial. He claimed that Articles 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 have been repeatedly breached by the authorities since he and Melanie arrived in Scotland.

He was involved with the public nudity advocacy group The Freedom to be Yourself.

On his website, he said that his marches were in both a celebration of the human body and a campaign to enlighten the public, as well as the authorities that govern us, that the freedom to go naked in public is a basic human right.

Source: Medindia

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