JAN 01] FREEDOM TO BE YOURSELF CAMPAIGN NEWS
Naked Cheer As Bethell Walks Free
nudist campaigner Vincent Bethell has struck a blow for the
right to go naked after a jury unanimously cleared him of
causing a public nuisance by walking around with no clothes on.
had been charged of causing a public nuisance by stripping off
in public on four occasions last year.
jury at Southwark Crown Court cleared Bethell, of Stoney Stanton
Road of the charge, allowing him to walk free.
did so naked, clutching a bag of clothes that he has refused to
wear while on remand.
the verdict was announced Bethell, aged 28, punched the air and
shouted from the dock:
human is not a crime.”
judge warned him that the law had not been changed, but he had
been found not guilty on this occasion.
the court supporters of the Freedom To Be Yourself campaign
cavorted around naked to celebrate the verdict and test the
precedent they claimed the jury had set.
the other occasions I have been convicted by magistrates, but
this is the first time I have been tried by members of the
public. The jury trial is so important for justice."