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Oscar Pistorius denies reports of trying to commit suicide after wrist injury

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 August 2016, 16:34 IST

Former South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has returned to the jail on 7 August after he was admitted to the Kalafong Hospital yesterday for wrist injuries which he allegedly inflicted on himself.

According to a report in City Press, the prison service spokesman said the injuries were "minor," and Pistorius denied any claims of him trying to kill self.

Last month, prosecutors said the blade runner's six-year jail sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 was too lenient and they would appeal.

City Press quoted an unnamed security guard at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria as saying that the athlete had wounds to his wrists that had been bandaged. It was further reported that blades had been found in a subsequent search of Pistorius's cell. Anneliese Burgess, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius family, said there would be no statement on the action at this stage.

The 29-year-old athlete was given a five-year term for manslaughter and was found guilty of murder on appeal last December.

He won six Paralympic gold medals and at London 2012 became the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

First published: 7 August 2016, 16:34 IST
 
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