Oscar Pistorius treated for injuries suffered in prison


Paralympian Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Monday, 17 March 2014. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, claiming that he believed there was an intruder hiding in a locked toilet cubicle in his home when he fired four shots into it, fatally wounding his girlfriend […]

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Oscar Pistorius was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in a South African prison, where he’s serving six years for his girlfriend’s murder.

The Olympic sprinter was treated for minor wrist injuries and returned to his prison cell in Pretoria on Saturday, said Singabakho Nxumalo, a spokesman for South Africa’s Correctional Services.

Pistorius denied speculation of a suicide attempt, the spokesman said. He declined to provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.

Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp at his home in an upscale Pretoria neighborhood in the early hours of Valentine’s Day three years ago, firing four bullets through a bathroom door.

Pistorius has maintained the killing was an accident after he mistook her for an intruder, while the prosecution said he killed her deliberately after the two had an argument.

Overturned conviction

He was originally convicted of manslaughter in 2014 after months of hearings.

But in December, a higher court overturned the conviction, saying the original ruling was flawed, and found Pistorius guilty of murder.

A judge sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison last month. South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said it intends to appeal the six-year prison sentence, calling it “shockingly too lenient.”

Boundary-breaking sprinter

Before Steenkamp’s killing, Pistorius was internationally renowned as a boundary-breaking sprinter.

Born without fibulas in either leg, he had both legs amputated below the knee in his first year of life, but raced using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades that earned him the nickname the “Blade Runner.”

A champion Paralympian athlete, with six gold medals to his name, he became the first double-amputee athlete to compete against able-bodied runners in the Olympics in 2012.

CNN’s Faith Karimi contributed to this report.

By David McKenzie and Tim Hume

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