But his co-operation ended when the interview did. After asking to use the toilet, Lacey forced open a window and escaped, falling head-first six metres on to a bush below.
After his escape, Lacey asked a 14-year-old boy near Te Rauparaha Arena for money, leaving with $10 and the boy’s hoodie. His freedom, though, was short- lived – police recaptured him shortly after.
Judge Bill Hastings convicted Lacey and remanded him for sentencing on November 7.