‘Jail life better for pensioners’

Murderer and kidnapper Michael Sams has said he is better off in prison than he would be living as a free pensioner.

Sams, 66, was jailed for life in 1993 for murdering Leeds teenager Julie Dart and kidnapping Birmingham estate agent Stephanie Slater.

Sams, from Nottinghamshire, wrote to prisoners’ magazine Inside Time to oppose a call for convicts’ pensions.

He said he had better living conditions inside Whitemoor jail, Cambridgeshire, than many people on the basic pension.

In his letter, Sams wrote: “Have you ever seen an OAP inmate in tatty clothes or scruffy trainers? Not a hope!

“Materially, we OAPs in prison are far better off than those in the community.”

“How many pensioners in the community, who are totally dependent on the basic state pension and live in rented accommodation, are able to spend around £20 on luxuries?”

“Most struggle to keep warm in winter, afraid to put the heating on, barely eating, let alone getting three square, ready-made, meals per day. And three or four choices at that!”

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