Oscar Pistorius is a lot calmer in prison this time than when he was first convicted‚ according to a prison official at Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison where the Paralympian athelete is serving a six-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend‚ model Reeva Steenkamp‚ three years ago.
Pistorius, as the prison’s only double amputee, has been confined to a single cell in the hospital wing.
The official‚ who spoke on condition of anonymity‚ said Pistorius was well adjusted to his new conditions and although he was based in a single cell‚ he did interact with other prisoners.
“When the gates open for prisoners to leave their cells‚ he comes out as well‚ but we don’t allow people to leave their cells and interact with others‚” the official said.
The official would not be drawn on whether Pistorius received any preferential treatment or on his other prison conditions.
Other prisoners said they had not seen Pistorius‚ but they knew he was there.
Pistorius‚ who shot Steenkamp dead through a toilet door on Valentine’s Day in 2013‚ claiming he mistook her for an intruder‚ was initially convicted of manslaughter. But the charge was later upgraded to murder and he was sentenced to an effective six years in jail.
He will be eligible for parole after serving between half to two-thirds of his sentence.
Source: Herald Live