The allure of prison life as painted by a 'kind' policeman convinced a teenage illegal immigrant to confess to a robbery attempt, a court heard yesterday. Six months of regular meals, shelter and a token salary at Pik Uk prison were preferable to repatriation to Fujian, Ng Wai-ping, 17, told the District Court. He said it was only later he realised he had been duped and faced five years in jail. He was picked up by a routine patrol days after sneaking across the border on January 23. While being questioned he said he had threatened a taxi driver in Pat Heung with a chopper. He denied attempted robbery but admitted staying in Hong Kong illegally. He claimed he was told of the attempted robbery when he met the actual culprit. He confessed to avoid repatriation. The case continues before Deputy Judge Alan Wright.