Naked Rambler fined again

Daily Echo: Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler

HAMPSHIRE'S Naked Rambler' has been fined after he was found guilty of nine public order offences for walking nude in public places including outside a primary school.

Stephen Gough, 53, of Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, pleaded not guilty to the charges of behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

But District Judge Anthony Calloway found Gough guilty of the offences ruling that the unwitting members of the public had been ''distressed'' at seeing the defendant without clothes on.

He fined the defendant £200 for each offence but waived payment of the fine in lieu of time served by Gough in custody.

District Judge Calloway said: ''There is evidence, in my judgment, there are elements of the defendant as an exhibitionist.''

Gough gained notoriety in 2003 and 2005 when he walked naked from Land's End to John O'Groats and was the subject of a TV documentary.

His refusal to put on clothes in public has led to him spending prolonged terms in prison for repeatedly breaching court rulings.

Gough was banned from entering the court after he refused to wear clothing for the trial.

Giving his ruling that Gough couldn't sit naked during the hearing, District Judge Calloway said: ''What is offensive? In my opinion to enter a court room naked for any purpose is potentially disrespectful to the court, its staff, the public and those interested in the proceedings and in my judgment is capable of being regarded as offensive.''

Charles Nightingale, prosecuting, said that in several of the offences Gough was seen by parents with young children who were ''shocked and alarmed'' at seeing him naked.

He said the offences took place in various locations including country footpaths, Southampton city centre and at a magistrates' court.

The nine offences occurred in a 17-day period in February this year.

In the first of the offences, Gough walked past Hurstbourne Tarrant Church of England Primary School in Andover, on February 11.

The court heard that headteacher Christopher Brooks-Martin said that he saw Gough walking past the school at just after 3pm although none of the children were believed to have seen the defendant.

Mr Nightingale said: ''He was alarmed the children could have seen the naked man and found it distressing.

''The headteacher did not think it was appropriate for the man to walk past a primary school.''

Mr Brooks-Martin told police: ''I would be upset and angry if he was to walk past again and show little or no respect for the children.''

A parent walking to the school who saw Gough said that she warned him there was a school ahead and said: ''I would not want my child to see a fully naked man outside their school.''

Gough was arrested four days later after walking naked along a footpath in Eastleigh.

One female witness said: ''I was offended by his actions, I was so gobsmacked I couldn't believe what I was seeing.''

Mr Nightingale told the court that Gough told police that he did not believe he was the cause of any alarm or distress.

He said that Gough told the officers: ''It's just their subjective viewpoint, I am not the cause of their prejudices so I accept that people would act in a prejudicial manner to me walking in my natural state.''

On another occasion two mothers, both with their three children, saw Gough walking along a small footpath.

One of the women told police: ''I felt shocked at what I had seen, I was outraged this man could walk totally naked with young children around.

''I was so angry I had to shield my children from this man with his penis on display.

''I felt it was totally disrespectful.''

A 17-year-old girl who saw Gough on another occasion said: ''I was really shocked that he was walking around naked.

''I use that footpath a lot, I do not know what his intentions were, whether he was going to hurt us or whether he was a sexual predator.

''If I had seen him on my own I would have been really scared and run away from him.''

When questioned by police about this incident, Gough said the action of a mother shielding their daughter's sight of him would ''cause more damage'' psychologically.

The court heard that Gough was arrested at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on February 25 when Gough attended naked and was refused entry by security staff.

The police were called when Gough did not leave and court staff were concerned for an eight-year-old witness who was due to arrive at the court.

In the final incident on February 27, a female driver described how she momentarily lost control of her car and swerved into the oncoming lane when she saw Gough naked.

She said: ''Seeing this man naked I was shocked and I was also alarmed at him being naked.

''I could easily have been involved in an accident with oncoming traffic.''

When asked by police why he was walking naked, Gough replied: ''To express the truth of what I am which is not shameful.''

Tom Stevens, defending, said that his client believed his nudity was allowed under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act which protects freedom of expression.

He said: ''He is saying that full nudity is a form of freedom of expression.''

Mr Stevens added that Gough did not behave in a threatening manner and many of the witnesses had found his ''entirely peaceful'' actions to be amusing.

Mr Nightingale said: ''What we have here is the defendant on nine occasions confronting members of the public who have no choice about the confrontation because it is his view that the human body is not a shameful thing.

''His view is correct if he was to refrain his activity to a nudist beach or club or hire a public place where he could present his personal views.

''The defendant doesn't accept that members of the public are alarmed or distressed by his actions.''

He added that Gough showed a ''total disregard'' for parents to discuss nudity with their children at a time and place of their choosing.

District Judge Calloway added: ''The human body is not a shameful thing, it is about context.''

Gough remains in custody as he awaits trial for a further charge of an alleged breach of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from being naked in public.

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4:42pm Fri 10 May 13

chrisja says...

Oh give him a f*cking break for christ's sake, we've all got inny and outy bits and if he wants to air his without sexually assaulting anybody then so be it - no-one wrote the rules about being human.
Oh give him a f*cking break for christ's sake, we've all got inny and outy bits and if he wants to air his without sexually assaulting anybody then so be it - no-one wrote the rules about being human. chrisja
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4:54pm Fri 10 May 13

beiroot says...

Perhaps it would be more acceptable if he went bareheaded and covered his privates with his hat.
Perhaps it would be more acceptable if he went bareheaded and covered his privates with his hat. beiroot
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5:18pm Fri 10 May 13

Brock_and_Roll says...

Keep it up Steve!

.....actually, I'll re-phrase that - "keep fighting the fight for the basic freedom to be as we were born!"

In this day and age I fail to see how anyone could be offended by someone in their natural state. We are what we are...only a tiny step from our butt naked cousins who spend their days happily examining each other bottoms up in the canopy!
Keep it up Steve! .....actually, I'll re-phrase that - "keep fighting the fight for the basic freedom to be as we were born!" In this day and age I fail to see how anyone could be offended by someone in their natural state. We are what we are...only a tiny step from our butt naked cousins who spend their days happily examining each other bottoms up in the canopy! Brock_and_Roll
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5:27pm Fri 10 May 13

Tenderhearts wife says...

chrisja wrote:
Oh give him a f*cking break for christ's sake, we've all got inny and outy bits and if he wants to air his without sexually assaulting anybody then so be it - no-one wrote the rules about being human.
he is a hypocrite, if he truly believed in all that tripe that he spouts, why does he wear socks and boots and a hat? Does this man work for a living or is he a professional sexual display artist, how does he afford to keep paying the fines? if he was a serial burglar he would be throw back in prison for a stretch. waste of time keep taking him back to court. I can see why people are upset he looks like a Belsen survivor, most unhealthy looking specimen.
[quote][p][bold]chrisja[/bold] wrote: Oh give him a f*cking break for christ's sake, we've all got inny and outy bits and if he wants to air his without sexually assaulting anybody then so be it - no-one wrote the rules about being human.[/p][/quote]he is a hypocrite, if he truly believed in all that tripe that he spouts, why does he wear socks and boots and a hat? Does this man work for a living or is he a professional sexual display artist, how does he afford to keep paying the fines? if he was a serial burglar he would be throw back in prison for a stretch. waste of time keep taking him back to court. I can see why people are upset he looks like a Belsen survivor, most unhealthy looking specimen. Tenderhearts wife
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5:42pm Fri 10 May 13

bisonstrangler says...

Excellent news! Keep this obnoxious man behind bars until he learns how to behave in a civilised way. If he doesn't - keep him until his last breath as a warning to other exhibitionists.
Excellent news! Keep this obnoxious man behind bars until he learns how to behave in a civilised way. If he doesn't - keep him until his last breath as a warning to other exhibitionists. bisonstrangler
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5:45pm Fri 10 May 13

IronLady2010 says...

If the media would stop reporting on this idiot he will probably go away.

It isn't normal behaviour to walk around naked and those whom support him, I ask you to walk around naked, if you won't, why not?
If the media would stop reporting on this idiot he will probably go away. It isn't normal behaviour to walk around naked and those whom support him, I ask you to walk around naked, if you won't, why not? IronLady2010
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8:33pm Fri 10 May 13

What garbage says...

ride a bike with others and he will be ok
ride a bike with others and he will be ok What garbage
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8:46pm Fri 10 May 13

Stillness says...

bisonstrangler wrote:
Excellent news! Keep this obnoxious man behind bars until he learns how to behave in a civilised way. If he doesn't - keep him until his last breath as a warning to other exhibitionists.
So Jimmy Savile was okay because we had clothes on? The man has nothing wrong other than to have been with a body.
[quote][p][bold]bisonstrangler[/bold] wrote: Excellent news! Keep this obnoxious man behind bars until he learns how to behave in a civilised way. If he doesn't - keep him until his last breath as a warning to other exhibitionists.[/p][/quote]So Jimmy Savile was okay because we had clothes on? The man has nothing wrong other than to have been with a body. Stillness
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9:18pm Fri 10 May 13

willygetaway says...

What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO
What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO willygetaway
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9:19pm Fri 10 May 13

eurogordi says...

"District Judge Anthony Calloway found Gough guilty of the offences ruling that the unwitting members of the public had been ''distressed'' at seeing the defendant without clothes on."

And I say to District Judge Anthony Calloway that, as a member of the public, I am not distressed at seeing Gough walking around naked, but I am more than distressed at all the cost involved in ongoing court cases etc.

Anyone who claims to be distressed clearly never takes a shower or bath or visits a beach on a hot day where skimpy swimwear is actually more suggestive than a middle aged man in the buff.

Added to which, whatever Gough's clothing preference may be, he also seems to like the publicity that court cases generate in the media.

Stop the court cases ... stop the media reports ... Gough might not stop doing what he does, but the rest of us can all forget about him.
"District Judge Anthony Calloway found Gough guilty of the offences ruling that the unwitting members of the public had been ''distressed'' at seeing the defendant without clothes on." And I say to District Judge Anthony Calloway that, as a member of the public, I am not distressed at seeing Gough walking around naked, but I am more than distressed at all the cost involved in ongoing court cases etc. Anyone who claims to be distressed clearly never takes a shower or bath or visits a beach on a hot day where skimpy swimwear is actually more suggestive than a middle aged man in the buff. Added to which, whatever Gough's clothing preference may be, he also seems to like the publicity that court cases generate in the media. Stop the court cases ... stop the media reports ... Gough might not stop doing what he does, but the rest of us can all forget about him. eurogordi
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9:20pm Fri 10 May 13

eurogordi says...

"District Judge Anthony Calloway found Gough guilty of the offences ruling that the unwitting members of the public had been ''distressed'' at seeing the defendant without clothes on."

And I say to District Judge Anthony Calloway that, as a member of the public, I am not distressed at seeing Gough walking around naked, but I am more than distressed at all the cost involved in ongoing court cases etc.

Anyone who claims to be distressed clearly never takes a shower or bath or visits a beach on a hot day where skimpy swimwear is actually more suggestive than a middle aged man in the buff.

Added to which, whatever Gough's clothing preference may be, he also seems to like the publicity that court cases generate in the media.

Stop the court cases ... stop the media reports ... Gough might not stop doing what he does, but the rest of us can all forget about him.
"District Judge Anthony Calloway found Gough guilty of the offences ruling that the unwitting members of the public had been ''distressed'' at seeing the defendant without clothes on." And I say to District Judge Anthony Calloway that, as a member of the public, I am not distressed at seeing Gough walking around naked, but I am more than distressed at all the cost involved in ongoing court cases etc. Anyone who claims to be distressed clearly never takes a shower or bath or visits a beach on a hot day where skimpy swimwear is actually more suggestive than a middle aged man in the buff. Added to which, whatever Gough's clothing preference may be, he also seems to like the publicity that court cases generate in the media. Stop the court cases ... stop the media reports ... Gough might not stop doing what he does, but the rest of us can all forget about him. eurogordi
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9:21pm Fri 10 May 13

IronLady2010 says...

willygetaway wrote:
What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO
I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures?
[quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO[/p][/quote]I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures? IronLady2010
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9:33pm Fri 10 May 13

cantthinkofone says...

The definition of insanity is....

Complete that quote, and then tell me our justice system isn't fitting it precisely.
The definition of insanity is.... Complete that quote, and then tell me our justice system isn't fitting it precisely. cantthinkofone
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9:35pm Fri 10 May 13

willygetaway says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
willygetaway wrote:
What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO
I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures?
Why, are you cruising for a pick up ?
or do you see sex in every naked body ?
get Bent you stiff
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO[/p][/quote]I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures?[/p][/quote]Why, are you cruising for a pick up ? or do you see sex in every naked body ? get Bent you stiff willygetaway
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9:37pm Fri 10 May 13

J.P.M... says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
If the media would stop reporting on this idiot he will probably go away.

It isn't normal behaviour to walk around naked and those whom support him, I ask you to walk around naked, if you won't, why not?
Can't see the problem, not sure on your definition of normal. Unless he starts s hitting on people's lawns leave him to it.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: If the media would stop reporting on this idiot he will probably go away. It isn't normal behaviour to walk around naked and those whom support him, I ask you to walk around naked, if you won't, why not?[/p][/quote]Can't see the problem, not sure on your definition of normal. Unless he starts s hitting on people's lawns leave him to it. J.P.M...
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11:32pm Fri 10 May 13

IronLady2010 says...

willygetaway wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
willygetaway wrote:
What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO
I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures?
Why, are you cruising for a pick up ?
or do you see sex in every naked body ?
get Bent you stiff
If you feel it's acceptable to wander around naked, I simply ask you to do so.

The thing is, you won't because it isn't the dumb thing to do.

So, if you agree with this idiot, simply follow him in running around nude.
[quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO[/p][/quote]I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures?[/p][/quote]Why, are you cruising for a pick up ? or do you see sex in every naked body ? get Bent you stiff[/p][/quote]If you feel it's acceptable to wander around naked, I simply ask you to do so. The thing is, you won't because it isn't the dumb thing to do. So, if you agree with this idiot, simply follow him in running around nude. IronLady2010
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12:21am Sat 11 May 13

Inform Al says...

If he appears naked in front of my daughter it will definitely be the last time this pervert appears anywhere naked. I really don't care how long I have to spend in one of her majesty's hostelries with 3 square meals a day as a result. He should be either locked away in a prison or in a secure mental hospital until he decides to toe the line.
If he appears naked in front of my daughter it will definitely be the last time this pervert appears anywhere naked. I really don't care how long I have to spend in one of her majesty's hostelries with 3 square meals a day as a result. He should be either locked away in a prison or in a secure mental hospital until he decides to toe the line. Inform Al
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7:18am Sat 11 May 13

willygetaway says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
willygetaway wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
willygetaway wrote:
What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO
I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures?
Why, are you cruising for a pick up ?
or do you see sex in every naked body ?
get Bent you stiff
If you feel it's acceptable to wander around naked, I simply ask you to do so.

The thing is, you won't because it isn't the dumb thing to do.

So, if you agree with this idiot, simply follow him in running around nude.
its a case of freedom of choice, without interference from people brainwashed into what they feel it right or wrong.
its all about the RULES that we impose on our selfs.
we wear clothes because most of us would feel cold without them
but as things warm up i assure you most of those layers are peeled away
and yes even in front of children. try going to a beach on a hot summer day
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO[/p][/quote]I look forward to you parading around infront of your children naked, can you post some pictures?[/p][/quote]Why, are you cruising for a pick up ? or do you see sex in every naked body ? get Bent you stiff[/p][/quote]If you feel it's acceptable to wander around naked, I simply ask you to do so. The thing is, you won't because it isn't the dumb thing to do. So, if you agree with this idiot, simply follow him in running around nude.[/p][/quote]its a case of freedom of choice, without interference from people brainwashed into what they feel it right or wrong. its all about the RULES that we impose on our selfs. we wear clothes because most of us would feel cold without them but as things warm up i assure you most of those layers are peeled away and yes even in front of children. try going to a beach on a hot summer day willygetaway
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7:42am Sat 11 May 13

Crazywolf says...

I don't understand why we are wasting so much public money on this mad but harmless man, when the drug runners and vicious thugs are roaming around free.....
I don't understand why we are wasting so much public money on this mad but harmless man, when the drug runners and vicious thugs are roaming around free..... Crazywolf
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8:58am Sat 11 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Crazywolf wrote:
I don't understand why we are wasting so much public money on this mad but harmless man, when the drug runners and vicious thugs are roaming around free.....
Because like majority of decent law abiding and respectful people we don't walk around in public naked
[quote][p][bold]Crazywolf[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why we are wasting so much public money on this mad but harmless man, when the drug runners and vicious thugs are roaming around free.....[/p][/quote]Because like majority of decent law abiding and respectful people we don't walk around in public naked Pikey-Biker
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9:06am Sat 11 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

willygetaway wrote:
What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO
Your opinion I suppose but I think you are in the minority on this story.
I think the guy being a highly trained ex soldier he is crying out for our help i would suggest a good psychologist
[quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: What a crook, the Victorian attitude of people. get real, its how we are ALL born and its the way we will die. All the rest is bull sh1t GOOD ON HIM. HE,S AN EX MARINE TOO[/p][/quote]Your opinion I suppose but I think you are in the minority on this story. I think the guy being a highly trained ex soldier he is crying out for our help i would suggest a good psychologist Pikey-Biker
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9:18am Sat 11 May 13

huckit P says...

It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist?
Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect.
Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.
It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist? Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect. Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one. huckit P
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9:28am Sat 11 May 13

bisonstrangler says...

Stillness wrote:
bisonstrangler wrote:
Excellent news! Keep this obnoxious man behind bars until he learns how to behave in a civilised way. If he doesn't - keep him until his last breath as a warning to other exhibitionists.
So Jimmy Savile was okay because we had clothes on? The man has nothing wrong other than to have been with a body.
I didn't mention Jimmy Saville. The rest of your post is incoherent.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bisonstrangler[/bold] wrote: Excellent news! Keep this obnoxious man behind bars until he learns how to behave in a civilised way. If he doesn't - keep him until his last breath as a warning to other exhibitionists.[/p][/quote]So Jimmy Savile was okay because we had clothes on? The man has nothing wrong other than to have been with a body.[/p][/quote]I didn't mention Jimmy Saville. The rest of your post is incoherent. bisonstrangler
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9:32am Sat 11 May 13

bisonstrangler says...

huckit P wrote:
It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist?
Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect.
Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.
You are absolutely right. If this odious character exposed himself to my family, he would be very sorry very quickly. He is clearly a compulsive exhibitionist who gets his jollies by showing off his private parts to strangers. He is taking on the law because, in his arrogance, he thinks it should be changed to suit his tendencies. No thanks!

We live in a civilised society. Nudity has its place and that is mostly either when bathing, or in intimate/family situations. It has no place in the general public environment.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist? Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect. Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. If this odious character exposed himself to my family, he would be very sorry very quickly. He is clearly a compulsive exhibitionist who gets his jollies by showing off his private parts to strangers. He is taking on the law because, in his arrogance, he thinks it should be changed to suit his tendencies. No thanks! We live in a civilised society. Nudity has its place and that is mostly either when bathing, or in intimate/family situations. It has no place in the general public environment. bisonstrangler
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3:12pm Sat 11 May 13

cantthinkofone says...

huckit P wrote:
It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist?
Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect.
Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.
It would be odd, and uncomfortable, because of the norms that we're used to.

But it wouldn't in itself be offensive, threatening or perverse.

Nakedness is not automatically anything to do with sex.

I can understand why some people aren't keen on his exposure, but some of the reactions say more about them than Gough. He's not an exhibitionist, a paedophile or a pervert, and comments about how people would punch his lights out if he was anywhere near their children/wives/siste
rs etc are just stupid tbh.

Especially given his ex-marine status...

It's odd behaviour. Of course it is. But it's no threat to anyone.

There are real threats out there. Stop wasting our money prosecuting the guy.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist? Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect. Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.[/p][/quote]It would be odd, and uncomfortable, because of the norms that we're used to. But it wouldn't in itself be offensive, threatening or perverse. Nakedness is not automatically anything to do with sex. I can understand why some people aren't keen on his exposure, but some of the reactions say more about them than Gough. He's not an exhibitionist, a paedophile or a pervert, and comments about how people would punch his lights out if he was anywhere near their children/wives/siste rs etc are just stupid tbh. Especially given his ex-marine status... It's odd behaviour. Of course it is. But it's no threat to anyone. There are real threats out there. Stop wasting our money prosecuting the guy. cantthinkofone
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3:13pm Sat 11 May 13

cantthinkofone says...

eurogordi wrote:
"District Judge Anthony Calloway found Gough guilty of the offences ruling that the unwitting members of the public had been ''distressed'' at seeing the defendant without clothes on."

And I say to District Judge Anthony Calloway that, as a member of the public, I am not distressed at seeing Gough walking around naked, but I am more than distressed at all the cost involved in ongoing court cases etc.

Anyone who claims to be distressed clearly never takes a shower or bath or visits a beach on a hot day where skimpy swimwear is actually more suggestive than a middle aged man in the buff.

Added to which, whatever Gough's clothing preference may be, he also seems to like the publicity that court cases generate in the media.

Stop the court cases ... stop the media reports ... Gough might not stop doing what he does, but the rest of us can all forget about him.
Indeed.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: "District Judge Anthony Calloway found Gough guilty of the offences ruling that the unwitting members of the public had been ''distressed'' at seeing the defendant without clothes on." And I say to District Judge Anthony Calloway that, as a member of the public, I am not distressed at seeing Gough walking around naked, but I am more than distressed at all the cost involved in ongoing court cases etc. Anyone who claims to be distressed clearly never takes a shower or bath or visits a beach on a hot day where skimpy swimwear is actually more suggestive than a middle aged man in the buff. Added to which, whatever Gough's clothing preference may be, he also seems to like the publicity that court cases generate in the media. Stop the court cases ... stop the media reports ... Gough might not stop doing what he does, but the rest of us can all forget about him.[/p][/quote]Indeed. cantthinkofone
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3:14pm Sat 11 May 13

cantthinkofone says...

bisonstrangler wrote:
huckit P wrote:
It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist?
Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect.
Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.
You are absolutely right. If this odious character exposed himself to my family, he would be very sorry very quickly. He is clearly a compulsive exhibitionist who gets his jollies by showing off his private parts to strangers. He is taking on the law because, in his arrogance, he thinks it should be changed to suit his tendencies. No thanks!

We live in a civilised society. Nudity has its place and that is mostly either when bathing, or in intimate/family situations. It has no place in the general public environment.
"He is clearly a compulsive exhibitionist who gets his jollies by showing off his private parts to strangers."

I believe that's what's known in the psychiatric professions as "projection".
[quote][p][bold]bisonstrangler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist? Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect. Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. If this odious character exposed himself to my family, he would be very sorry very quickly. He is clearly a compulsive exhibitionist who gets his jollies by showing off his private parts to strangers. He is taking on the law because, in his arrogance, he thinks it should be changed to suit his tendencies. No thanks! We live in a civilised society. Nudity has its place and that is mostly either when bathing, or in intimate/family situations. It has no place in the general public environment.[/p][/quote]"He is clearly a compulsive exhibitionist who gets his jollies by showing off his private parts to strangers." I believe that's what's known in the psychiatric professions as "projection". cantthinkofone
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3:26pm Sat 11 May 13

bisonstrangler says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
huckit P wrote:
It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist?
Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect.
Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.
It would be odd, and uncomfortable, because of the norms that we're used to.

But it wouldn't in itself be offensive, threatening or perverse.

Nakedness is not automatically anything to do with sex.

I can understand why some people aren't keen on his exposure, but some of the reactions say more about them than Gough. He's not an exhibitionist, a paedophile or a pervert, and comments about how people would punch his lights out if he was anywhere near their children/wives/siste

rs etc are just stupid tbh.

Especially given his ex-marine status...

It's odd behaviour. Of course it is. But it's no threat to anyone.

There are real threats out there. Stop wasting our money prosecuting the guy.
Ex marine? You are having a laugh! He joined the PM in his teens and stayed for 10-months. He is now in his 50s. On his first "naked walk", he was duffed up in Cornwall by a couple of drunks.

Read his "statement of purpose". He says he "intends to confront" (people) "about their irrational fear of the human body" - which he goes on to liken to racism. Behind Mr Gough is a bunch of cheerleaders who are just waiting for the courts to falter so they can claim the law now permits public nudity - anywhere - including if they wish to exhibit themselves outside primary schools.

Mr Gough is an odious egotist. He thinks he has seen the light and the rest of us must do the same, and the law must enable him to do that. He is right and everyone else is wrong and he intends to prove that by exposing his genitals to everyone.

I am perfectly content to see him incarcerated for as long as it takes and, if he spends the rest of his days behind bars, I'm fine with that. If that scares the heck out of some of his dodgy supporters, or annoys some of his weak-minded apologists, so much the better.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: It is quite amusing reading the comments. For those who think he has doing nothing wrong what would you so if a naked man (or men) approached your children, wife, sister, mother etc. Why not have a naked bus driver? Doctor? Dentist? Of course it is not decent and not according to the norm that civilised society has come to expect. Maybe this strange chappie could go and live on a remote island where his actions would upset no-one.[/p][/quote]It would be odd, and uncomfortable, because of the norms that we're used to. But it wouldn't in itself be offensive, threatening or perverse. Nakedness is not automatically anything to do with sex. I can understand why some people aren't keen on his exposure, but some of the reactions say more about them than Gough. He's not an exhibitionist, a paedophile or a pervert, and comments about how people would punch his lights out if he was anywhere near their children/wives/siste rs etc are just stupid tbh. Especially given his ex-marine status... It's odd behaviour. Of course it is. But it's no threat to anyone. There are real threats out there. Stop wasting our money prosecuting the guy.[/p][/quote]Ex marine? You are having a laugh! He joined the PM in his teens and stayed for 10-months. He is now in his 50s. On his first "naked walk", he was duffed up in Cornwall by a couple of drunks. Read his "statement of purpose". He says he "intends to confront" (people) "about their irrational fear of the human body" - which he goes on to liken to racism. Behind Mr Gough is a bunch of cheerleaders who are just waiting for the courts to falter so they can claim the law now permits public nudity - anywhere - including if they wish to exhibit themselves outside primary schools. Mr Gough is an odious egotist. He thinks he has seen the light and the rest of us must do the same, and the law must enable him to do that. He is right and everyone else is wrong and he intends to prove that by exposing his genitals to everyone. I am perfectly content to see him incarcerated for as long as it takes and, if he spends the rest of his days behind bars, I'm fine with that. If that scares the heck out of some of his dodgy supporters, or annoys some of his weak-minded apologists, so much the better. bisonstrangler
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1:57pm Tue 14 May 13

kiddynamite says...

what a complete ****!!!!! Put your sausage away and put some bloody clothes on! Habve you no respect for yourself man? The public and Children should not have to see such a vile sight! Grow up Stop fighting the system and act like a human being! Animals go around naked not people you stupid ****!
what a complete ****!!!!! Put your sausage away and put some bloody clothes on! Habve you no respect for yourself man? The public and Children should not have to see such a vile sight! Grow up Stop fighting the system and act like a human being! Animals go around naked not people you stupid ****! kiddynamite
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