The man dubbed the Naked Rambler is back behind bars and facing more than 21 months in prison after refusing to put on clothes.
Former Royal Marine Stephen Gough was jailed at Perth Sheriff Court for a breach of the peace after just one minute of freedom following his release from the town’s prison.
The 52-year-old was rearrested and brought before the court by police waiting outside the jail.
His sentence includes an added 90-days’ imprisonment for contempt of court for failing to display the decency required at his hearing, along with the unexpired part of his previous sentence after his early release.
Gough has twice managed to complete a walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, but only after frequent arrests. He has faced repeated detentions in Scotland which has more stringent decency laws than England and Wales.
At his last appearance before Sheriff Lindsay Foulis at Perth Sheriff Court in February 2010 he was told: “A number of your recent convictions have arisen in similar circumstances. If I impose a custodial sentence then in so many months’ time a similar scenario will arise.”
He was jailed this time by Sheriff Michael Fletcher who found him guilty of conducting himself in a disorderly manner by walking naked, refusing to put clothes on, and breaching the peace in a street in Perth.
Gough claims it is his human right to walk naked. At last year’s hearing, he likened himself to American black civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks who famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, was the catalyst for the black emancipation movement in the United States.