Naked man in Court of Appeal


Stephen Gough, dubbed the “naked rambler”, made legal history by becoming the first person to appear nude before the Court of Appeal, albeit via video link. The former marine, who believes it is his human right to be naked in public, had his appeal against a conviction for breach of an anti-social behavior order (ASBO) rejected. The ASBO prohibited him from appearing in public without clothing to cover his genitalia and buttocks. He argued the conviction was unsafe because his trial had been conducted in his absence, as he was not allowed to appear naked. The court ruled that allowing him to appear naked would have been a further breach of the order.

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