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Oscar Pistorius moved to prison better able to accommodate disabled offenders

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Published 14/11/2016 | 10:45

Oscar Pistorius has been moved at his request to a prison that is better able to accommodate disabled offenders
Oscar Pistorius has been moved at his request to a prison that is better able to accommodate disabled offenders

Oscar Pistorius has been moved at his request to a prison that is better able to accommodate disabled offenders, the South African government has said.

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The Department of Correctional Services said that the former Paralympic champion was transferred from Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria to the nearby Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, which recently installed bath tubs during upgrades for disabled criminals.

It says the Atteridgeville prison houses offenders serving up to six years in prison, and has rehabilitation and development programmes for inmates.

Officials say double-amputee Pistorius's disability previously required that he be held in a Kgosi Mampuru remand centre lacking such programmes.

Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp at his home (AP)
Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp at his home (AP)

Pistorius is serving a six-year prison term for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Prosecutors have appealed against the sentence, which they say is too lenient.

Reeva Steenkamp Photo: AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii
Reeva Steenkamp Photo: AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii
Oscar Pistorius: got six years in jail for murdering girlfriend. Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images
Oscar Pistorius: got six years in jail for murdering girlfriend. Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images

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