Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl, after allegedly starting a fight with a fellow inmate while queuing for a payphone.
The disgraced Paralympian was reportedly hurt in an altercation which took place at Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, near Pretoria, on December 6, where he is being held as a ‘low risk’ prisoner.
According to a spokesperson in South Africa, the convicted murderer was embroiled in a fight with an inmate ‘he knows well’ and ‘sustained a bruise’.
Singabakho Nxumalo, a spokesperson from the Department of Correctional Services, said:
He was involved in an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit, where both offenders are detained, the men know each other well.
As standard operating procedure regarding cases of alleged assaults, the Department of Correctional Services has launched an internal investigation into the matter to establish the facts and to ensure that appropriate action is taken as incidents of assault are not allowed. We want to know that proper security protocols were followed by prison staff.
If Oscar Pistorius is found to be at fault, he could lose his privileges and be re-classified if he is no longer considered ‘low risk’.
The former Olympic athlete recently had his murder sentence more than doubled, after prosecutors argued the initial sentence was too short.
A South African appeals court increased Pistorius’ prison time from six years to 13 years and 5 months.
The 31-year-old South African shot his then 29-year-old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through a bathroom door.
He pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014 and has always denied killing Steenkamp, a South African model, in a rage, saying he mistook her for a burglar.
Justice Lorimer Leach previously said, by arming himself and firing at the door, Pistorius must have known whoever was behind the door would likely die.
The athlete’s lawyers have always maintained he believed there was an intruder, but the judge said the identity of the person he shot at was irrelevant.
Pistorius’ original manslaughter sentence was overturned.
The highly-publicised case has been the subject of much forensic debate and controversy, with forensic expert brothers, Calvin and Thomas Mollett, claiming Pistorius attacked Steenkamp with a cricket bat before he shot her dead.
In a book entitled Oscar vs The Truth, the brothers carry out an independent analysis of the evidence given in trial, drawing attention to two wounds on the model’s back.
Pistorius previously sustained injuries while serving time in South Africa’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison and was rushed to Pretoria’s Kalafong Hospital with wrist injuries in 2016.
Officials at the prison claim Pistorius told them he hurt himself falling out of bed, but inside sources at the time claimed the injuries were sustained by self-harm. Those reports remain unverified.
The latest incident involving the prisoner was confirmed to MailOnline by Nxumalo, however, Pistorius got away having suffered just bruising.
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