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Naked Rambler Stephen Gough was cut some slack by Judge Keith Cutler CBE today. In a move that took most people by surprise, Judge Cutler announced a 200 days sentence for breaching the ASBO restrictions.
It was confirmed that Gough had not had any psychiatric assessment since the trial. Judge Cutler noted that:
(a) he could now sentence Gough for up to 5 years in prison
(b) he had been alerted to the case of Button v Salama and Mr Justice Holman's decision that the defendant in that case, "had been punished enough"
(c) there was the conclusion of the court of appeal that upheld Judge Miller's conviction and sentence.
Judge Cutler went through what he could take into account for mitigation:
(1) a plea of guilty? ... no, Gough had pleaded "not guilty"
(2) repentful? ... no, Gough did not repent what he had done
(3) remorse? ... no, Gough showed no remorse.
(4) The only other thing he could take into account for mitigation was the Holman case and, "… other letters and matters written to me by your supporters".
He then went through a short summary of the facts. He noted that any distress that Gough had caused was of a limited nature. He said that, while there has to be a prison sentence he could measure that in days rather than years ... and then sentenced him to 200 days in prison with 97 already spent. Judge Cutler then explained that this could mean release the following week on Monday or Tuesday (with the caveat that Gough could still be in breach of the earlier sentence).
Judge Cutler advised Gough to:
(a) seek to have the ASBO changed since he (Judge Cutler) was not in a position to do that -
(b) he advised Gough to get representation if he comes to court again.
The case started in Court One at 11:25 am and was concluded by 12:20 am. The dock in Court One is below the gallery and Gough, who attended naked, was not visible by members of the public.
For the latest naked rambler supporters’ reactions to today’s events in court see here
Compiled exclusively for Rambler News by our roving court reporter.
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Titled: “The naked truth is this man must be locked up”, Finkelstein, known as @Dannythefink on Twitter, laid bare his conservative approach to an already well trodden path that -
“Answer this question. Why do you wear clothes? Don’t reply that it is to keep warm, because you do it when the weather is boiling hot. Don’t say it is to stand out from the crowd with a style all your own, because mostly you dress like everyone else. Don’t claim it is to protect yourself from injury, because this might cover your shoes but isn’t relevant to your underpants.
Which leaves modesty and decency. We all wear clothes to protect our own modesty and decency and to show respect for the ideas of modesty and decency which we imagine others have. We also think it might be illegal to offend against these ideas.
Stephen Gough regards these notions of modesty and decency as absurd and can’t for a moment see why he ought to respect them. So he appears naked wherever he fancies and rejects demands that he cover up.
Mr Gough wants to ramble naked. He needs to understand that it is because we have laws — property laws, laws about highways and byways, laws against violence and theft — that he is able to ramble peacefully at all, naked or otherwise. Like every citizen, Mr Gough enjoys the protection of the law, and, in return, is asked to share in that protection. That seems a reasonable request.”
“The Mail on Sunday reports today that a friend of nudist Eurosceptic MP Bernard Jenkin claims he is the victim of naked 'smear' tactics due to his leading role in the Vote Leave campaign. Allies of George Osborne have been accused of smearing a leading Eurosceptic MP – by reminding voters that he is a nudist. The row broke after Conservative peer Danny Finkelstein, a friend of Mr Osborne, revealed last week -
In reply, Lord Finkelstein, a supporter of the Britain is Stronger in Europe camp, said on Twitter today: “Anybody who thinks my reference a smear designed to help "remain" is, not to put too fine a point on it, an idiot.” Finkelstein was referring to the upcoming referendum on Europe and whether or not to remain in or opt out of the union. As Mr Gough himself put it one day: “…refusing to address the elephant in the room can sometimes leave dire consequences on the whole”. He’s not wrong there!
Naked Rambler Stephen Gough and MP Bernard Jenkin were both unavailable for comment last night due to other commitments…………
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