The man dubbed the Naked Rambler is getting back to the cold jail and facing more than 21 months in prison after refusing to put on clothes. Former Royal Marine Stephen Gough was jailed at Perth Sheriff Court for a breach of the peace after just one minute of freedom following his release from the town’s prison. The 52-year-old was rearrested and brought before the court by police waiting outside the jail.
His sentence includes an additional 90-days imprisonment for ‘contempt of court for failing to display the decency required’ at his hearing, along with the unexpired part of his previous sentence after his early release.
He was jailed this time by Sheriff Michael Fletcher who found him guilty of conducting himself in a disorderly manner by walking naked, refusing to put clothes on, and breaching the peace in a street in Perth.
Sheriff Fletcher told him, “The court expects people to come here in a decent state of dress.”
Gough has twice managed to complete a walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, but only after frequent arrests. He has faced repeated detentions in Scotland which has more stringent decency laws than England and Wales.
Gough claims it is his human right to walk naked. At last year’s hearing, he likened himself to American black civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks who famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. It was the catalyst for the black emancipation movement in the United States.
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