7 Aug 2016

Pistorius injured in South African prison

9:52 pm on 7 August 2016

Oscar Pistorius has been treated in hospital for minor injuries to his wrist and returned to jail in South Africa, the Department of Correctional Services says.

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court for sentencing on 6 July 2016

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court for sentencing on 6 July 2016 Photo: AFP

Pistorius, who is serving six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was treated in hospital for minor wrist injuries on Saturday before being returned to custody, a prison service spokesman said.

The Paralympic gold medalist, who had his term for the Valentine's Day 2013 killing of Miss Steenkamp increased to six years in July, denied he had tried to kill himself, a spokesman for the department of correctional services said on Sunday.

South African prosecutors have said they will appeal against the six-year term, which they called "shockingly lenient".

Newspaper City Press earlier said Pistorius, known as Blade Runner for the carbon-fiber prosthetics he wore when racing, was rushed to hospital around midday on Saturday.

It quoted a security guard as saying: "He had bad cuts on his wrists and the doctors kept wrapping bandages around them."

An inmate situated close to the hospital section told the paper Pistorius had injured himself intentionally, and it quoted two wardens with knowledge of the section as saying razor blades were found in his cell.

- Reuters

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