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Naked rambler is kept behind bars
8:02am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
NAKED Rambler Stephen Gough remains behind bars today for allegedly breaching an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) banning him from going nude in public places, just minutes after it was imposed.
He appeared nude in the dock at Southampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and indicated he would plead not guilty to breaching the ASBO, which covers all of England and Wales and is effective until May 10.
If found guilty he could be jailed for up to five years.
The 54-year-old, of Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, was arrested as he left the court naked on Thursday immediately after Hampshire police and Eastleigh Borough Council successfully secured the ASBO from magistrates in Southampton.
The ASBO states that he must “wear sufficient clothing in public to at least cover his genitalia and buttocks” apart from at nudist beaches and at appropriate medical examinations.
He had refused the offer of clothing and a lift by police.
Gough has already served several jail terms for refusing to get dressed in public places, including courtrooms.
Yesterday he also pleaded not guilty to another offence of causing harassment, alarm or distress in Basingstoke on February 27.
Jeffrey Norie-Miller, defending, said that his client believed he was entitled under the European Convention of Human Rights to be naked in public if he so wished.
The court heard that Gough has 16 other offences awaiting trial and he was remanded in custody until the case could be heard at Southampton Crown Court on March 25.