The naked rambler, Stephen Gough, has been told he will spend the rest of his life behind bars if he continues refusing to wear clothes in public.Say what..?
He’s evidently a loon, but does he really deserve to be banged up, perhaps for life, when charmers like this who have caused real damage can be expected to go free one day?
The former Royal Marine, who became notorious for his naked hike from Land's End to John O'Groats in 2003, has spent much of the past seven years in prison for repeatedly appearing nude in public.FFS..!
He was yesterday found guilty of breaching the peace when he walked naked from Perth prison in December after finishing a 12 month sentence for the same offence.
Mr Gough was warned he will continue to be jailed every time he steps out of prison without any clothes on.
So what? Anyone who wants to walk out of a Perth prison starkers in December isn’t going to have much on display to offend anyone, is he? Well, not once the cold air hits…
Perth Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Gough she would consider granting him bail to go home to his "warmer" house in Eastleigh, Hampshire, if he agreed to put some clothes on. The former lorry driver refused the offer and was remanded in custody.It’s hard not to see this as a childish game between one loon and the discredited criminal justice system.
Ordering psychological and psychiatric reports, the Sheriff said: "When the day comes for you to be released, you will be apprehended and the same process gone through again.”No, it’s about the law once again being a (naked) ass.
Mr Gough said he accepted he could "potentially" remain in jail forever and added: "This is about individual freedom."
Tim Worstall is of the same mind…