Tuesday 20 March 2018

Oscar Pistorius taken to hospital 'with chest pains'

Oscar Pistorius has served a year of his sentence
Oscar Pistorius has served a year of his sentence

Oscar Pistorius has been taken from prison to hospital for medical examinations amid South African media reports that the former track star and convicted murderer was suffering from chest pains.

Pistorius was taken to hospital on Thursday morning and was initially expected to return to prison later the same day, Department of Corrections spokesman Logan Maistry said.

However, Pistorius will now stay overnight in hospital "for observation", Mr Maistry said.

He declined to give details of Pistorius's medical complaint, and said only that Pistorius was having "medical examinations".

Reports claimed Pistorius was suffering from chest pains and was taken from Atteridgeville Prison to the emergency department at Kalafong Hospital in the South African capital Pretoria by ambulance, and escorted by armed guards.

Mr Maistry declined to comment on the reports.

Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner and multiple Paralympic champion, is serving a six-year jail term for murder over the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

He has served a year of his sentence.

The 30-year-old was first imprisoned at Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria but was moved to Atteridgeville because it was better suited to handle disabled inmates.

This is the second time Pistorius has left jail for a hospital visit.

Last year he was taken to hospital for treatment to cuts on his wrists, which prison authorities said he sustained after falling in his cell.

Pistorius was convicted of murder after an appeal by prosecutors against an initial manslaughter verdict.

He killed Ms Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013 by shooting her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius claimed he mistook his girlfriend for a night-time intruder hiding in the cubicle.

Prosecutors have announced their intention to appeal again, this time against Pistorius's six-year sentence, which they say is too lenient.

The National Prosecuting Authority said it will appeal to South Africa's Supreme Court, and the appeal could be heard this year.

Pistorius faces having his sentence increased to 15 years if prosecutors are successful.

There is no death penalty in South Africa.


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