Stephen Gough, 50, is presenting something of a dilemma for English police. Gough likes to go out in the buff and refuses to wear clothing. As a result, when he is released for walking around naked, he promptly strips and is promptly re-arrested. The result appears a vicious loop where Gough could spend the rest of his days in jail.
He was jailed for 21 months after being arrested for breaching the peace and being in contempt of court. The former Royal Marine refused to be released if it meant getting dressed.
The result has been that he had spent much of his last seven years behind bars.
Gough told Perth Sheriff Court he accepted it was “potentially” the case that he could remain in jail forever – apart from the few seconds of freedom as he stripped outside of the police station.
May I make a small suggestion from this side of the pond? Put Gough into a police van inside of the police department and cover the windows to avoid appearing naked in public. Then drive him to a nudist colony to work and live in the buff. At the savings to the legal system, the state could subsidize the work program.
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