A guest post from Joe Public.
Being aware of Stephen Gough's previous brushes with officialdom, I noticed this item yesterday, and I do feel sorry for the guy.
He's ex-forces and I can only speculate that he has suffered some psychological issue.
With all the salacious nudity in the MSM, TV, and nearly every school kid having a smartphone granting access to the weird and wonderful web, I don't think anyone would really be offended if he was just allowed to wander at will. I'm convinced he'd just wander off, get cold in a few months, then voluntarily cover up.
Instead, he's been locked up for nearly two years at taxpayers considerable expense, his release date flagged up to the local constabulary who station a constable outside the prison upon his release to re-arrest him.
If perhaps he claimed it was his Religious Beliefs that forbade him from wearing clothes, I bet the authorities would pander to his requirements.
Editor's note: Stephen Gough's official website is here. It would appear the Scottish police and judiciary have a greater problem with nudity than other UK countries.