A former marine known as the ‘Naked Rambler’ has had his appeal against his ASBO rejected – After appearing completely starkers.
He earned his nickname in 2003 when he rambled his way from Land’s End to John O’Groats without wearing any clothes.
Stephen Gough has actually made history with his antic, being the first person to ever appearing before the judge completely naked.
Thankfully for those in court, he appeared via video link, and wasn’t walking around the courtroom with his tackle out.
Gough believes that it is his human right to be naked in public, and was appealing for his latest conviction, breaching an ASBO, to be thrown out. He walked out of prison naked, which breached his ASBO terms. He is banned from being naked in public.
He refused to wear clothes for his trial in October, so it was done in his absence, and resulted in 2 and a half years in prison.
Lady Justice Rafferty threw his appeal out, saying:
In our judgement, were the defendant to have appeared naked in front of the court it would have been a further breach of the anti-social behaviour order.
She also added that it is a ‘bizarre notion’ and ‘fatal to his argument’.