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  • Andrew Welch
    Andrew Welch

    Naked Carpenter cleared

    Great news that Rob Jenner, the so-called 'Naked Carpenter', has been cleared of all charges. 

    Of course, he has - the case should never have got as far as the police, let alone the courts.

    British Naturism are delighted to have played a part, our legal and campaigns team providing his defence lawyers with technical information relating to the law on nudity.

    The case doesn't set any legal precedent, but it's great to have what we know to be right confirmed - simply taking off your clothes isn't a crime.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-38896945

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    13 charges, he should be able to counter sue for undue harassment or misuse of powers in order to persecute an individual. This would set the precedent in law.

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    barbirolli

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    11 hours ago, hutchie said:

    13 charges, he should be able to counter sue for undue harassment or misuse of powers in order to persecute an individual. This would set the precedent in law.

    I applaud the sentiment, but there are a few errors in this statement. Mr Jenner was prosecuted and found not guilty. He therefore cannot counter sue because he was not sued in the first place. No harassment can be “due”, so all harassment is “undue”. Even if he did sue and win an action against the police, it would not be a precedent unless taken to appeal with the same outcome.

    Apart from that, any civil action against the police would be extremely ill-advised owing to the decision in civil courts being based on the balance of probabilities, rather than beyond reasonable doubt, which is the criminal test on the basis of which he was acquitted, and the fact that the police, how shall I put this, “hold” all the evidence.

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    Richard Dyer

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    I think Barbirolli is right, but it's a shame that the some Police intimidate Naturists and get away with it. It reminds me of the Ann Robinson documentary when the policeman intimidated the couple into dressing and when Ann asked why all he could say was 'I wouldn't want my mother to see it'. Preposterous!

    Imagined converation with the complainent: Yes madam I will certainly have a threatening word those naked people. Not because they are doing anything illegal but because I share your prejudiced beliefs regarding the human body and I also wish to impose them on other people. If I can't procecute them for indecent exposure, I'll find some other law to misuse to acheive my perverse objective.

    Edited by Richard Dyer
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