Pistorius Transferred to ‘Special Needs’ Prison

By Bright Bassey

Oscar Pistorius, 29, shamed South African Paralympic,   jailed for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has been transferred to a prison designed for disabled inmates continue serving his sentence.

The Department of Correctional Services said Pistorius was moved from Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria capital to Attridgeville Correctional Centre.

“The transfer was in line with his special needs,” department spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo told AFP.

“The new prison caters for people with special needs; it has been revamped to include facilities like bath tubs.”

In July, Pistorius, was given a six-year jail term after an appeals court upgraded his manslaughter conviction to murder.

The Paralympic runner, who shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013, had always maintained that he mistook her for an intruder.

Prosecutors are still trying to lengthen his sentence, which they have described as “shockingly lenient and disturbingly inappropriate”.


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