South African Correctional Services Deny Pistorius Suicide Attempt Reports

The Department of Correctional Services has dismissed allegations that jailed paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, has attempted to commit suicide.  However, the department has confirmed that Pistorius was admitted to hospital where he received treatment and was released.

The department says he had a small injury to his wrist, but it cannot disclose further details. Some reports are claiming that Pistorius had injured his wrists in his prison cell.

The Department of Correctional Service’s Spokesperson, Manelisi Wolela, says they will further investigate the incident.

“The Department of Correctional Services can confirm that our management at Kgosi Mampuru Prison has been informed about this.
They looked at it and he has a small injury on his wrist and was taken to Kalafong Hospital where he was treated and taken back to the facility on the same day. From where we are standing, that matter is not as reported and he has denied that he tried to commit suicide.”

In July, Pistorius was sentenced by the High Court in Pretoria to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013.

Pistorius’ six-year sentence may be appealed after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) recently filed for leave to appeal it.

SABC