Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has been jailed for another 657 days after enjoying less than 60 seconds of freedom.
He was arrested outside Perth Prison almost immediately after he was released from his previous 21-month sentence, itself a
continuation of the sentence now stretching back more than 5 years to May 2006.
He was found guilty of breaching the peace and being in contempt of court. he has now been behind bars in Scotland for much of the past decade. He was found guilty of
breach of the peace after a 'trial' at Perth Sheriff 'Court', which was initially held up while court staff found a sheet of brown paper for him to sit on for hygiene reasons .
Gough appeared naked in the court dock and was also found
guilty of contempt of 'court' for failing to display the decency required by the court process.
He claimed that arresting him for walking around naked was a breach of his human rights and his right to freedom of expression. Repeated arrests
But 'Sheriff' Michael Fletcher rejected Gough's defence and found him guilty of conducting himself in a disorderly manner by walking naked, refusing to put clothes on, and breaching the peace in Manson Terrace, Perth, on 20 July.
Fletcher said: The court expects people to come here in a decent state of dress. That has been explained to you in the past. I gave you the opportunity to dress yourself.
Stephen Gough, nicknamed the Naked Rambler, has vowed to continue walking around Britain with no clothes on after tasting his first day of freedom after being jailed by Scotland for 6 years.
Former marine Stephen Gough has spent the vast
majority of the past decade behind bars because of Scottish intolerance and injustice.
He initially earned the title Naked Rambler by walking unclothed from Land's End to John O'Groats after quitting his job as a lorry driver.
He was spoken
to by police immediately after his release, but was then allowed to go on his way in an apparent shift in Tayside Police force policy. On the last few occasions he has been immediately arrested by officers waiting for him at the gates, but yesterday he
was given the go-ahead to walk off despite being naked.
Following his release he said: My opinion is that the police have thought 'the guy's not going to give up so let's have a think about it.
He revealed that he had spent the vast
majority of his time in solitary confinement in maximum security Perth Prison - although he said life inside flew by.
The Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has been arrested three days after he was released from prison.
Gough, a former Royal Marine who hikes across the country naked, was arrested in Townhill, Dunfermline, by policemen from Fife Constabulary.
He was released from Perth Prison on Tuesday, having spent the past six years in the Scottish jail.
A spokesman for Fife Constabulary said he was arrested following complaints from members of the public and has been charged with a supposed
breach of the peace.
The Naked Rambler's supporters on Facebook have made an official complaint to the Fife Constabulary
Re Arrest of Mr Stephen Gough on the afternoon of 20th July 2012 whilst in the course of
peacefully eating his lunch unattired
I refer to the ruling on Breach of the Peace, in 2001 in the High Court of Justiciary, where Lord Coulsfield held that breach of the peace required conduct severe enough to cause alarm to
ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community and that mere annoyance or irritation were insufficient .
Misapplication of the legislation governed by this ruling would in itself constitute Breach of
the Peace by any individual(s) conducting such misapplication. Fife Constabulary is hereby on notice to provide indisputable evidence, including a physical witness, of serious disturbance to the community .
In this regard,
this message is being copied to Professional Standards and constitutes a formal complaint.