Naked rambler fights outraging public decency charge

COURT HEARING: Stephen Gough

COURT HEARING: Stephen Gough

First published in Eastleigh

HAMPSHIRE’S Naked Rambler will have to wait until tomorrow to see if indecency charges made against him will be dropped.

Appearing at Oxford Crown Court, wearing only his boots, Stephen Gough, pictured, hoped to have the charges of outraging public decency thrown out.

He was back behind bars on December 4 after walking naked from the Scottish border to get to his mother’s home in Eastleigh. He got as far as Oxfordshire before he was arrested.

The 53-year-old, of Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, spent Christmas in custody and will remain locked up until tomorrow when his defence team will again contest the charges.

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2:35pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

This man is clearly mental. Lock him up in a secure unit. Haven't we all heard enough about him. I feel sorry for his family having to put up with his c.rap every 5 minutes. How does he live and on what?
This man is clearly mental. Lock him up in a secure unit. Haven't we all heard enough about him. I feel sorry for his family having to put up with his c.rap every 5 minutes. How does he live and on what? bazzeroz
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3:32pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

bazzeroz wrote:
This man is clearly mental. Lock him up in a secure unit. Haven't we all heard enough about him. I feel sorry for his family having to put up with his c.rap every 5 minutes. How does he live and on what?
Army pension , service to Queen and country.
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: This man is clearly mental. Lock him up in a secure unit. Haven't we all heard enough about him. I feel sorry for his family having to put up with his c.rap every 5 minutes. How does he live and on what?[/p][/quote]Army pension , service to Queen and country. bigfella777
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5:09pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Proud of the man's service, as I am sure we all are. That does not allow him to walk nude around the UK. He is clearly mental and needs sectioning to protect him and the General public who are sick to death of his antics. He needs help.
Proud of the man's service, as I am sure we all are. That does not allow him to walk nude around the UK. He is clearly mental and needs sectioning to protect him and the General public who are sick to death of his antics. He needs help. Sir Ad E Noid
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5:27pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Sure says...

It has been reported on here before that a mental assessment has been done and there is nothing wrong with him. I think this man just likes seeking attention by continually doing something which he knows offends people and is illegal. He deserves everything he gets and it irritates me when people either feel sorry for him or try to make excuses for him.

Maybe he should get sectioned, he might then realise its time to behave decently and abide by the law!!
It has been reported on here before that a mental assessment has been done and there is nothing wrong with him. I think this man just likes seeking attention by continually doing something which he knows offends people and is illegal. He deserves everything he gets and it irritates me when people either feel sorry for him or try to make excuses for him. Maybe he should get sectioned, he might then realise its time to behave decently and abide by the law!! Sure
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5:37pm Mon 28 Jan 13

RonnieSoak says...

The chap seems fine to me, he just doesn't like wearing clothes. I understand that he's been through many and varied assessments, in prison and so on, and checked out fine ... he just doesn't like clothes.
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The funniest thing about this is the way that the "system" hasn't got a clue what to do. The ultimate deterrent, prison, clearly doesn't work, he immediately strips as soon as he's out and walks naked again! He just likes it that way. Best of luck to you ol' chum.
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Not so long ago he'd have been celebrated as an eccentric, a long list on which Brits have an illustrious presence. It's a HUMAN BODY for gods sake, we've all got 'em. Leave him be.
The chap seems fine to me, he just doesn't like wearing clothes. I understand that he's been through many and varied assessments, in prison and so on, and checked out fine ... he just doesn't like clothes. . The funniest thing about this is the way that the "system" hasn't got a clue what to do. The ultimate deterrent, prison, clearly doesn't work, he immediately strips as soon as he's out and walks naked again! He just likes it that way. Best of luck to you ol' chum. . Not so long ago he'd have been celebrated as an eccentric, a long list on which Brits have an illustrious presence. It's a HUMAN BODY for gods sake, we've all got 'em. Leave him be. RonnieSoak
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5:50pm Mon 28 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

I have no problem with him being naked so long as he does it in his own home or behind closed doors.

It isn't normal behaviour or we'd all be encouraging one another to walk around naked.
I have no problem with him being naked so long as he does it in his own home or behind closed doors. It isn't normal behaviour or we'd all be encouraging one another to walk around naked. IronLady2010
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7:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

bigfella777 wrote:
bazzeroz wrote:
This man is clearly mental. Lock him up in a secure unit. Haven't we all heard enough about him. I feel sorry for his family having to put up with his c.rap every 5 minutes. How does he live and on what?
Army pension , service to Queen and country.
Thank you. Maybe the Queens got a spare room for him.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: This man is clearly mental. Lock him up in a secure unit. Haven't we all heard enough about him. I feel sorry for his family having to put up with his c.rap every 5 minutes. How does he live and on what?[/p][/quote]Army pension , service to Queen and country.[/p][/quote]Thank you. Maybe the Queens got a spare room for him. bazzeroz
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8:16pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Hdg end mo says...

This crack pot is an embarresment to his family stop wasting money on him cut his balls of
This crack pot is an embarresment to his family stop wasting money on him cut his balls of Hdg end mo
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8:20pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Sure says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
I have no problem with him being naked so long as he does it in his own home or behind closed doors.

It isn't normal behaviour or we'd all be encouraging one another to walk around naked.
I agree.

But he won't do that because that makes sense, it's simple and he won't get in the papers.

Maybe it would help if the DE stopped reporting on him.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I have no problem with him being naked so long as he does it in his own home or behind closed doors. It isn't normal behaviour or we'd all be encouraging one another to walk around naked.[/p][/quote]I agree. But he won't do that because that makes sense, it's simple and he won't get in the papers. Maybe it would help if the DE stopped reporting on him. Sure
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9:01pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Sure wrote:
It has been reported on here before that a mental assessment has been done and there is nothing wrong with him. I think this man just likes seeking attention by continually doing something which he knows offends people and is illegal. He deserves everything he gets and it irritates me when people either feel sorry for him or try to make excuses for him.

Maybe he should get sectioned, he might then realise its time to behave decently and abide by the law!!
A sensible post and I think you highlighted the problem. He likes the attention. That, in extreme, is a mental problem and it must be possible to help him. What is not acceptable is his conduct which must change. Walking around nude in your back garden is fine by me, walking around nude in populated areas is not. I still think he needs help and sectioning him will ensure he gets it.
[quote][p][bold]Sure[/bold] wrote: It has been reported on here before that a mental assessment has been done and there is nothing wrong with him. I think this man just likes seeking attention by continually doing something which he knows offends people and is illegal. He deserves everything he gets and it irritates me when people either feel sorry for him or try to make excuses for him. Maybe he should get sectioned, he might then realise its time to behave decently and abide by the law!![/p][/quote]A sensible post and I think you highlighted the problem. He likes the attention. That, in extreme, is a mental problem and it must be possible to help him. What is not acceptable is his conduct which must change. Walking around nude in your back garden is fine by me, walking around nude in populated areas is not. I still think he needs help and sectioning him will ensure he gets it. Sir Ad E Noid
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5:45pm Tue 29 Jan 13

sburman says...

This is all a bit harsh on his family but, in truth, the world needs people like this. It would be a far more boring place without him and, really, what harm is he actualy doing?
This is all a bit harsh on his family but, in truth, the world needs people like this. It would be a far more boring place without him and, really, what harm is he actualy doing? sburman
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1:32am Wed 30 Jan 13

adx1220 says...

What I don't understand is why people are so easily offended and embarrassed by a naked human being.

Etiquette and what ever aside. Why can't innocent people be left alone. He's had several mental health assessments and all tests are ok. So what's the big deal?

Too often people interfere with the lives of others, too easily people are offended. Please just stop the madness and the nasty comments.

It's bullying and immature.

Try and understand even briefly what freedom and naturism are about!
What I don't understand is why people are so easily offended and embarrassed by a naked human being. Etiquette and what ever aside. Why can't innocent people be left alone. He's had several mental health assessments and all tests are ok. So what's the big deal? Too often people interfere with the lives of others, too easily people are offended. Please just stop the madness and the nasty comments. It's bullying and immature. Try and understand even briefly what freedom and naturism are about! adx1220
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9:37pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Sure says...

adx1220 wrote:
What I don't understand is why people are so easily offended and embarrassed by a naked human being.

Etiquette and what ever aside. Why can't innocent people be left alone. He's had several mental health assessments and all tests are ok. So what's the big deal?

Too often people interfere with the lives of others, too easily people are offended. Please just stop the madness and the nasty comments.

It's bullying and immature.

Try and understand even briefly what freedom and naturism are about!
This man is not a naturist, if he was he would do it where naturism was acceptable.

To anyone who thinks that his behaviour is acceptable just go to work tomorrow, take off all your clothes and see how many people you offend.

It may not be offensive to you but it is to most people. That is why there is a law to stop people doing it in public.
[quote][p][bold]adx1220[/bold] wrote: What I don't understand is why people are so easily offended and embarrassed by a naked human being. Etiquette and what ever aside. Why can't innocent people be left alone. He's had several mental health assessments and all tests are ok. So what's the big deal? Too often people interfere with the lives of others, too easily people are offended. Please just stop the madness and the nasty comments. It's bullying and immature. Try and understand even briefly what freedom and naturism are about![/p][/quote]This man is not a naturist, if he was he would do it where naturism was acceptable. To anyone who thinks that his behaviour is acceptable just go to work tomorrow, take off all your clothes and see how many people you offend. It may not be offensive to you but it is to most people. That is why there is a law to stop people doing it in public. Sure
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