Murderer Lance Rudge: 'I've got it nice in my cell'
JAILED murderer Lance Rudge is enjoying prison life – because he has a television, stereo and three meals a day.
The 24-year-old says he 'has it nice' behind bars because he does not need to get a job.
The Stoke City fan, of Meir, will not be released until at least 2025 after murdering disabled Gregory Baker at his Alton home in 2007.
His views will feature in a Channel 4 documentary looking at the lives of prisoners serving life sentences in Gartree Prison, Leicestershire, at 9pm on Monday night.
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The former detective who investigated the murder today condemned Rudge's attitude.
Appearing in his cell in a Stoke City shirt, Rudge tells viewers: "In here you've got everything. You've got a stereo, a TV. You've got your food, three meals a day.
"I've got it nice. I don't want it to change."
When asked what he thinks life is like outside, he says: "Horrible. A nightmare to get a job. I wouldn't like to be out there at all now. I'd prefer to stay inside for a while, and wait until it calms down."
Rudge was convicted of murder along with his mother Yvonne Purchase, of Meir, and friend Shane Edge, of Longton, four years ago.
Purchase planned the 2007 killing in order to collect the £60,000 Mr Baker had left her in his will.
Rudge was prompted by his mother to recruit Edge, who suffocated the 61-year-old in his cottage. All three were handed life sentences, with Rudge ordered to serve at least 18 years.
In the documentary, Rudge says he tried to attack his mother during the trial, after she attempted to blame the murder on him. But he tells the interviewer that being on trial for murder had been 'boring'.
Rudge said: "I fell asleep five times. It wasn't really the best impression to make but I couldn't help it. When I got sentenced I almost collapsed. But now I don't even think about it. Time flies by."
Former police detective Ken Raper, who investigated the case, said he was 'saddened' by the comments.
The Staffordshire University lecturer said: "Rudge's words show there is no honour or loyalty among these people and just how little thought they give to others. He appears to show no remorse for his actions."
Alton Parish Councillor Tony Moult, who knew Mr Baker, said: "Rudge is lucky, as if he had been tried before the 1960s he might have been hanged for it.
"It seems that prison is like a holiday camp. It is terrible for Gregory's family for it all to be raked up again."
A Channel 4 spokesman said: "Lifers provides insight into the everyday realities of long-term imprisonment and the rehabilitative efforts of the prison's authorities."