Os­car Pis­to­rius trans­ferred to dif­fer­ent prison

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PRE­TO­RIA — Os­car Pis­to­rius has been trans­ferred from the Kgosi Mam­puru II Prison to the At­teridgeville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices con­firmed day.

Spokesper­son Singabakho Nx­u­malo said this was after “very care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of all im­por­tant fac­tors” led to the de­ci­sion that the fa­cil­ity was best to ac­com­mo­date him.

“The cen­tre is used to ac­com­mo­date of­fend­ers sen­tenced from 0 to 6 years and has re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and devel­op­ment pro­grammes in place for all of­fend­ers in its care,” he said.

Since his im­pris­on­ment, Pis­to­rius was be­ing held at the re­mand de­ten­tion cen­tre, used to ac­com­mo­date await­ing tri­als and sen­tenced of­fend­ers who need full time hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion or health care, Nx­u­malo ex­plained.

“This was done in or­der to ac­com­mo­date his dis­abil­ity needs. How­ever, the re­mand de­ten­tion cen­tre does not have re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and devel­op­ment pro­grammes nec­es­sary for sen­tenced of­fend­ers as it is strictly de­signed for await­ing trial de­tainees.”

Pis­to­rius was orig­i­nally sen­tenced to five years for cul­pa­ble homi­cide for killing his girl­friend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valen­tine’s Day on Fe­bru­ary 14 2013.

In Novem­ber 2015, the Supreme Court of Ap­peal over­turned his cul­pa­ble homi­cide con­vic­tion and, find­ing in favour of the State, re­placed it with mur­der.

He had to be placed on bail again and the con­di­tions were more strict than his cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion con­di­tions. He was even­tu­ally sen­tenced to six years in prison. Nx­u­malo said an upgrade to in­stall bath­tubs at the At­teridgeville prison, which had been in the pipe­line for some time, was done in May to al­low dis­abled pris­on­ers to be ac­com­mo­dated.

“These up­grades were not strictly made for Mr Pis­to­rius, but to ac­com­mo­date dis­abled of­fend­ers un­der Kgosi Mam­puru II Man­age­ment Area. Fur­ther­more, the up­grades were done long be­fore the man­age­ment con­sid­ered mov­ing Mr Pis­to­rius to At­teridgeville,” he said.

Pis­to­rius was trans­ferred “purely due to his ap­pli­ca­tion which was law­fully and pro­ce­du­rally con­sid­ered and ap­proved”, Nx­u­malo said.

“The move will en­able Mr Pis­to­rius to en­gage in de­part­men­tal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes which are tai­lored ac­cord­ing to the of­fend­ers’ needs and length of his sen­tence. These pro­grammes are key in terms of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the of­fend­ing be­hav­iour and do play a cru­cial role when one is con­sid­ered for pa­role place­ment.”—News24

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