Jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius who was hospitalised after suffering wrist cuts returned to his prison cell in Pretoria on Saturday (6/08/2016). He received the treatment at Pretoria’s Kalafong Hospital.
“He had to be detained Saturday afternoon at the hospital after falling off his bed. He’s back in our care now,” prison services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said.
The double-amputee Paralympian was again in the medical wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria where he has been serving out his six-year sentence due to his handicap,” he added.
According to an inmate situated close to the hospital section, Pistorius had injured himself intentionally.
Two warders acquainted with the hospital section said blades were subsequently found in Pistorius’ cell during a search on Saturday afternoon.
“Oscar Pistorius denied speculations of a suicide attempt. As a policy principle we cannot further discuss a particular offender’s personal condition in the public domain,” said Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman at the Department of Correctional Services, according to Reuters.
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of shooting to death his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for a thief when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
The 29-year-old athlete was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter. He served only 12 months in jail but was sent back to prison after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal upgraded his conviction from manslaughter to murder. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled a six-year sentence.
Masipa said she believed there were “substantial and compelling” reasons to reduce the normal 15-year minimum sentence for murder, including Pistorius’s remorse and false belief that Steenkamp was an intruder.
The embattled Paralympian is eligible for conditional release in 2019 after serving half his prison term.