Jail for 'the naked rambler'

A man has been found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order banning him from being naked in public.

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Custodial sentence 'appropriate'

Sentencing Stephen Gough, judge Sarah Munro QC said: "This is a much more serious offence than the other public order offences. In those circumstances I take the view only a substantial custodial sentence is appropriate."

She said that Gough, who has been on remand, will be eligible for release on August 14 - one day after there is a hearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court to impose a full Asbo on the former Royal Marine.

The judge conceded that, if she had allowed Gough to leave by imposing a sentence commensurate with his time already served: "There is a reality here that he will walk out on these steps naked. I do not think I can ignore that reality.

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