Oscar Pistorius taken to hospital after injuring wrists

Laura Christensen
August 8, 2016

Following the upgraded jail-term, the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa announced its intention to appeal the "shockingly lenient" decision.

During Pistorius' sentencing hearing in June, a psychologist testified for the defense that the athlete was a "broken" man whose mental state had deteriorated over the last two years, and that he should be hospitalized and not jailed.

Shamed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius denies reports that he attempted to commit suicide in jail, having been rushed to hospital with injuries to his wrist on Saturday.

Singabakho Nxumalo, a spokesman for the correctional services department, said on Sunday that Pistorius told officials that he suffered injuries after falling out of bed.

Pistorius has since been returned to the prison facility.

"Oscar Pistorius denied speculations of a suicide attempt", Wolela said.

"He had bad cuts on his wrists and the doctors kept wrapping bandages around them", one prison warden told City Press.

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City Press newspaper cited unnamed guards at the prison and hospital as claiming the injuries were self-inflicted.

Pistorius had his jail term for killing Reeva Steenkamp increased from five to six years in July, less than half the 15 years sought by prosecutors.

South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius and his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Supreme Court of Appeal overturned her verdict in December, arguing that he knew his shots could kill someone.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

That ruling was eventually elevated to a murder conviction by a higher court, and Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison earlier this summer.

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

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