NAKED RAMBLER STILL IN: (a) THE BUFF; (b) CONTEMPT; (c) BREACH OF BAIL; AND (d) JAIL
The Naked Rambler Steve Gough flashed briefly back into the headlines after another (non-)appearance in Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 19 December 2005. He had been due to face a charge of breach of the peace by being naked in Saughton Prison car park on 3 November and also one of breach of bail conditions by appearing in public with his private parts exposed. Gough refused to clothe himself for his latest court appearance, despite Sheriff Andrew Lothian’s order to that effect. Sheriff, depute fiscal and defence agent then proceeded to the cells, where Gough was held to be in contempt of court. Sentence for this was deferred until 9 January 2006 for social work and community service reports. One has to admire the Naked Rambler as a man with convictions; it looks as though he is going to get through the coldest part of the winter nice and warm (see No 515).