Why jailed South African amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius is fighting in prison

Oscar Pistorius in South African court — Photo Credit: News24

South African amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius was bruised after a fight in a Pretoria prison where he is serving a 13-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

The Paralympian was engaged in a brawl with a fellow inmate over a public phone at the special care unit of the Attridgeville Correctional Centre, says South Africa’s department of correctional services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo.

He told French news agency AFP that an official investigation will be launched into the December 6 incident.

Local media report that the fight ensued after 31-year-old Pistorius spent long periods on the phone used by all the inmates at the special unit for prisoners with disabilities.

This happened days after the South African appeals court increased his sentence from 6 to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors appealed that the previous sentence was “too light”.

He was first convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail. The charge was later changed to murder in December 2015 and his sentence increased to six years.

The double-amputee athlete also known as The Blade Runner has insisted that he shot his girlfriend through the bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on face2faceafrica.com

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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