Pistorius, who’s serving a six-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was taken to Kalafong Hospital, Pretoria, by Correctional Services officials on Saturday after he allegedly injured himself.
According to a City Press report, the Paralympian was attended to by four members of Correctional Services’ medical personnel and had to be rushed to hospital after he was found with cuts on his wrists.
“He was assessed and transferred to hospital for further assessment and treatment,” Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told the newspaper.
Although Pistorius reportedly told officials that he’d injured himself after falling from bed, the newspaper reports that blades were found in his prison cell.
Security guards at the hospital told City Press that the athlete had arrived there with bad cuts.
Pistorius’ admission to hospital was also confirmed by his father, who said that his son has been discharged.
This isn’t the first time that something untoward has happened in Pistorius’ cell. Three weeks ago, a pair of scissors, prescription drugs and medication for depression were found in his cell.
According to a psychologist’s report submitted in court during his murder trial, Pistorius was said to be a suicide risk, as he’s suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A probe has now been launched, yet his legal representative, Barry Roux, says he’s unaware of an investigation into Pistorius.
The Paralympian was resentenced to six years in prison in July after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his culpable homicide charge to murder.
It was found that the high court had made an error in law by convicting Pistorius for culpable homicide instead of murder. The court ruled that he be resentenced for murder.
The National Prosecuting Authority announced on 21 July that it planned to appeal the sentence, as it believed the six-year sentence was disproportionate to the crime that Pistorius had committed.
“We respectfully submit that the sentence of six years imprisonment, in all the circumstances, is disproportionate to the crime of murder committed in casu, that is to say, shockingly too lenient, and has accordingly resulted in an injustice, and has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute,” the organisation said in a statement.
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“We hope this appeal will also clarify further the principles of sentencing, particularly in crime categories for which there are prescribed minimum sentences ordained by legislation, notwithstanding the fact that a judicial officer has discretion to deviate from the minimum sentence after considering compelling circumstances.”
Additional reporting: City Press