Oscar Pistorius Injured in Prison Altercation

Said to have gotten in fight with inmate over phone use
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2017 7:12 AM CST
In this July 6, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius, center, arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa.   (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)
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(Newser) – Olympian Oscar Pistorius, in jail for murdering his girlfriend, was bruised in an altercation with another inmate over telephone use, a South African prison spokesman has confirmed. Singabakho Nxumalo of the Department of Correctional Services said Tuesday that Pistorius sustained a minor injury at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre last week, reports the AP. "It is alleged that he was involved in an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained," Nxumalo tells the BBC, adding Pistorius had a medical checkup and the incident is being investigated.

AFP cites unconfirmed reports that the fight was spurred by a lengthy call Pistorius had made. The BBC reports the incident took place last Wednesday, some 10 days after his prison sentence was more than doubled to 13 years and five months by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal in connection with the Valentine's Day 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.


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