Naked Rambler faces court over breach of peace

Daily Echo: Naked Rambler faces court over breach of peace Naked Rambler faces court over breach of peace

The Hampshire man dubbed the Naked Rambler is due in court for sentencing today after being convicted of a breach of the peace.

Stephen Gough, 53, who has spent much of the past six years in prison on similar charges, was found guilty last month after walking unclothed near a children's play park in Dunfermline, Fife, on July 20.

The incident took place three days after Gough, a long-standing campaigner for his right to appear nude in public, was released from prison in Perth.

The former Marine from Eastleigh ,  is expected to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court today.

During a two-hour trial before Sheriff James Williamson three weeks ago, Gough sat naked in the dock and represented himself.

He denied conducting himself in a disorderly manner and committing a breach of the peace by walking naked in Dunfermline's Cairncubie Road, arguing there is nothing about him that was indecent, alarming or offensive.

He appeared tearful at points during the hearing when witnesses recalled their shock and discomfort upon seeing the nude man in their community.

The sheriff, who expressed his concern about the accused's demeanour, ordered social workers to produce a report, ahead of sentencing, assessing Gough's emotional and mental health.

He warned the rambler - who said he has no intention of changing his ways and donning clothes in public - that he could ''end up serving prison sentence after prison sentence''.

The sheriff said: ''There were certain points in your evidence, certain points in your summing-up, where I was a bit concerned about your emotional behaviour.

''I was a bit concerned as to whether or not you were in control of yourself.''

Gough was remanded in custody ahead of today's hearing.

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9:03am Thu 13 Sep 12

Georgem says...

Blah blah mentally ill blah blah should be locked up yada-yada if he comes near my kids I'll Internet tough guy blah blah as bad as a child molester blah blah pervert blah blah Think of the children! blah blah blah etc moan whine complain.

There. That's 95% of the impending comments covered.

Personally I think they guy just doesn't want to back down and give in to authority.
Blah blah mentally ill blah blah should be locked up yada-yada if he comes near my kids I'll Internet tough guy blah blah as bad as a child molester blah blah pervert blah blah Think of the children! blah blah blah etc moan whine complain. There. That's 95% of the impending comments covered. Personally I think they guy just doesn't want to back down and give in to authority. Georgem

9:27am Thu 13 Sep 12

MGRA says...

We come into world naked. Being put in prison for wanting to remain in our natural state is perverse if you ask me. BUT... the guy is unrealistic and perhaps genuinely does need help...
We come into world naked. Being put in prison for wanting to remain in our natural state is perverse if you ask me. BUT... the guy is unrealistic and perhaps genuinely does need help... MGRA

10:13am Thu 13 Sep 12

Home Rule for England says...

He wants to get back to nature so maybe next time he is arrested in winter he should be put in a cell with no heating and no windows and made to exercise naked in the snow. I'm sure he would love it.
He wants to get back to nature so maybe next time he is arrested in winter he should be put in a cell with no heating and no windows and made to exercise naked in the snow. I'm sure he would love it. Home Rule for England

10:16am Thu 13 Sep 12

bigfella777 says...

Just take the poor guy home.
Just take the poor guy home. bigfella777

3:19pm Thu 13 Sep 12

S!monOn says...

Georgem wrote:
Blah blah mentally ill blah blah should be locked up yada-yada if he comes near my kids I'll Internet tough guy blah blah as bad as a child molester blah blah pervert blah blah Think of the children! blah blah blah etc moan whine complain. There. That's 95% of the impending comments covered. Personally I think they guy just doesn't want to back down and give in to authority.
Personally, I think he just doesn't own any clothes to wear..... apart from that hat.... and those gloves.... but nothing else....
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: Blah blah mentally ill blah blah should be locked up yada-yada if he comes near my kids I'll Internet tough guy blah blah as bad as a child molester blah blah pervert blah blah Think of the children! blah blah blah etc moan whine complain. There. That's 95% of the impending comments covered. Personally I think they guy just doesn't want to back down and give in to authority.[/p][/quote]Personally, I think he just doesn't own any clothes to wear..... apart from that hat.... and those gloves.... but nothing else.... S!monOn

4:16pm Thu 13 Sep 12

Georgem says...

S!monOn wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Blah blah mentally ill blah blah should be locked up yada-yada if he comes near my kids I'll Internet tough guy blah blah as bad as a child molester blah blah pervert blah blah Think of the children! blah blah blah etc moan whine complain. There. That's 95% of the impending comments covered. Personally I think they guy just doesn't want to back down and give in to authority.
Personally, I think he just doesn't own any clothes to wear..... apart from that hat.... and those gloves.... but nothing else....
Spent his clothing budget on fines, maybe?
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: Blah blah mentally ill blah blah should be locked up yada-yada if he comes near my kids I'll Internet tough guy blah blah as bad as a child molester blah blah pervert blah blah Think of the children! blah blah blah etc moan whine complain. There. That's 95% of the impending comments covered. Personally I think they guy just doesn't want to back down and give in to authority.[/p][/quote]Personally, I think he just doesn't own any clothes to wear..... apart from that hat.... and those gloves.... but nothing else....[/p][/quote]Spent his clothing budget on fines, maybe? Georgem

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