Ex-Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was rushed to hospital on Saturday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. after suffering cuts to his wrists, according to the BBC. Pistorius was taken to the Pretoria Kalaforg hospital, where the doctor wrapped up his wounds and said it was just a minor cut.
Pistorius told officials that he fell from his bed and suffered those injuries. He was later returned to the jail after getting some minor treatment.
He denied the speculations of a suicide attempt and claimed he had fallen out of his bed in his cell. He is under detention and is serving jail time at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.
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The former Paralympian was taken back to the prison the same day, as prison officials revealed.
Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year jail term after he was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend. His girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was a former South African model and a TV presenter.
He has already served one year in the jail. Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Steenkamp, in his home on Valentine’s day in 2013, three years ago.
He shot four bullets through a bathroom door in February, 2013. The first bullet hit her in the hip, while the second bullet pierced her right arm. As she fell to the floor wounded, the final two bullets hit her in the head, which killed her instantly.
When he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, he testified that it was by mistake and thought there was an intruder in the room. Later, it emerged out that he intentionally shot her after a heated argument as neighbors told the police that they heard noises and screaming from the house that night.
He was first sentenced to five years in prison on July 6 and could be released after three years on parole. A minimum prescribed sentence for convicted murder in South Africa is 15 years.
People thought this as an insult to the murder of the South African girl and forced the court to further extend his jail time. His five-year jail term was later increased to six-year after his initial manslaughter allegation was changed to murder by the supreme court in December.
Further investigation and inquiries regarding his injuries are underway as prison officials said Saturday. The Olympic star was treated for minor injuries in his hand, said Singebakho Nxumalo, a spokesperson for South Africa’s Correctional Services.
“Oscar Pistorius denied speculations of a suicide attempt,” he said, according to the Sky Sports. “As a policy principle, we cannot further discuss a particular offender’s personal condition in the public domain.”
Prison authorities said there were blades in his cell which indicated that Pistorius injured himself intentionally. An inmate situated close to Pistorius in prison confirmed this saying he had injured himself. The Pistorius’s family said nothing on this matter.
Pistorius won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympic and continued his winning streak in 2008 and 2012 Paralympics held in Beijing and London, respectively. He was soon dubbed the “blade runner,” where he reached his pinnacle of success in his career in 2012, winning 400-meter semi-finals before getting two golds in the Paralympics. He has a total of six Paralympic gold in his career.
When Pistorius was taken to the court for the judgment, he said he was without his prosthetic legs and felt frightened and vulnerable when he heard the bathroom window opened that morning. He then took the gun and fired into the door, realizing afterward that it was his girlfriend and not an intruder.
During the interrogation, judges revealed that Pistorius was not in his normal mental state and had already been suffering from severe mental problems since her murder.
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