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Sheriff warns naked rambler he faces life in prison

12 January 2010

The man known as the naked rambler has been warned by Sheriff Lindsay Foulis at Perth Sheriff Court that he could spend the rest of his life in jail unless he puts his clothes back on.

Stephen Gough has compared himself to civil rights protesters, but says appearing naked in public was his human right.

He was arrested within seconds of being freed from Perth Prison on 17 December. He was found guilty yesterday of breaching the peace by walking naked in the street and refusing a request by police to put on some clothes.

On the past two occasions when Gough has been released from jail, officers from Tayside Police were waiting at the prison gates to re-arrest him.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Gough he would not have to be "crystal ball gazing" to realise that the same process would occur "again and again and again".

Gough has spent the bulk of the past seven years in jail for identical offences. Yesterday he turned down an offer to walk free on condition that he get dressed.

The sheriff also ordered psychological and psychiatric reports.

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