Os­car back in jail after bed ‘fall’ wrist in­juries

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Con­victed murderer Os­car Pis­to­rius is back in prison after be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal over the week­end fol­low­ing a med­i­cal emer­gency, the de­part­ment of cor­rec­tional ser­vices said yes­ter­day.

“The official re­port is that he [Pis­to­rius] made a call [for help] after fall­ing off his bed,” said cor­rec­tional ser­vices spokesper­son Singabakho Nx­u­malo.

The official told News24 that it was not pos­si­ble to com­ment on an ear­lier re­port by the City Press news­pa­per that Pis­to­rius had in­ten­tion­ally in­jured his wrists. “We are not al­lowed to com­ment on med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

An­other Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices spokesper­son Manelisi Wolela con­firmed that Pis­to­rius suf­fered mi­nor in­juries on his wrists. “Os­car Pis­to­rius de­nied spec­u­la­tions of a sui­cide at­tempt,” Wolela said.

Pis­to­rius called for help after the in­ci­dent on Satur­day, Nx­u­malo said, and med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers were called to as­sess him. They sub­se­quently de­cided he needed to be taken to Pre­to­ria’s Kala­fong Hos­pi­tal.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, Nx­u­malo con­firmed Pis­to­rius was “back in our care now”.

City Press re­ported that two warders with knowl­edge of the hos­pi­tal sec­tion said blades had been found in Pis­to­rius’ cell dur­ing a search on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

But Nx­u­malo said that re­port was be­ing treated as “a mere al­le­ga­tion”. He said Pis­to­rius’ cell was searched in the past fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of pref­er­en­tial treat­ment.

Mean­while, the Pis­to­rius fam­ily de­clined to com­ment on the week­end’s events. “The fam­ily will not be re­spond­ing to th­ese me­dia re­ports at this stage,” said fam­ily spokesper­son, An­neliese Burgess.

This week­end marks the start of the Rio Olympics; prior to the mur­der of Reeva Steenkamp in Fe­bru­ary 2013, Pis­to­rius was the coun­try’s fore­most Par­a­lympian. He also took part in the Sum­mer Olympics. — Sapa

Os­car Pis­to­rius

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