Oscar Pistorius treated for minor wrist injuries in South African prison

PRETORIA, South Africa, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Oscar Pistorius was treated at a hospital for wrist injuries in a South African prison, where the double-amputee track star is serving six years for his girlfriend’s murder.

Carl Pistorius wrote Sunday on Twitter his brother “slipped in his cell” and and reports he had injured himself intentionally were “completely untrue.”

The Olympic sprinter received treatment 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.

Nxumalo denied speculation of a suicide attempt and didn’t provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.

A report by City Press quoted an unnamed security guard at Kalafong Hospital as saying Pistorius had bandaged wounds to his wrists.

Carl Pistorius said he had visited his brother, who was “doing well given the circumstances.”

Oscar Pistorius won six Paralympic gold medals and, at London 2012, became the first athlete to compete in the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

He had admitted killing Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in 2013 but said he mistook her for an intruder at his home in Pretoria.

He was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter, but was found guilty of murder on appeal last December. Prosecutors announced last month they plan to appeal because the sentence was too lenient.



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