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Nudist sentenced for public indecency in Perth

John Elder Image copyright PPA
Image caption John Elder admitted carrying out an act of public indecency

A nudist who stood naked at his living room window in full view of a neighbour has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

John Elder claimed he normally used a caravan parked in front of his Perth home to cover up.

Perth Sheriff Court was told Elder was arrested and charged with being naked at the window three days in a row in November last year.

The 58-year-old admitted carrying out an act of public indecency.

The Crown dropped two similar charges against him.

Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told the court that Elder was seen standing naked at the window by a neighbour as she returned home from work.

Police were contacted and Elder told officers that he had gone to the window to check a noise as there had been a spate of vandalism incidents in the street.

Previous convictions

Mrs Kynaston said: "He stated he had lived in the property 20 years and that he was a nudist and that this was a known fact within the street."

Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, said: "He was in a bedroom which was not at the front of the property and he heard a noise which brought him round.

"What he normally does is parks a caravan in front of the window in an effort to ensure people aren't able to see him in his window.

"The lady got a fright and he is apologetic."

Sheriff John Rafferty said: "Whatever your personal preferences are, you have to have regard to the impact they may have on others who may see you."

He noted Elder had previous convictions for indecency and lewd and libidinous behaviour, but did not add his details to the sex offenders register.

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