Pretoria, December 12: Former South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl, two weeks after his sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was more than doubled. Also Read - AB de Villiers Has 'The Desire to Come Back And Play' For South Africa
According to the BBC, the Paralympian was involved in a tussle over the use of a public phone. Pistorius who is facing a jail for 13 years and five months, sustained several bruises. However, no other serious injuries were reported.
Some reports suggest that the altercation started with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both the offenders are detained at Attridgeville Correctional Centre. Also Read - PM Modi Assures India's Support to South Africa, Egypt in Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic
The cops have also launched an internal investigation, following the standard procedure, to “establish the facts and to take proper action against those involved in the tussle”. Also Read - Dane Piedt to End South Africa Career to Pursue Cricket in USA
The fight took place on December 6, 10 days after South African prosecutors successfully argued Pistorius’ “shockingly light” six-year sentence should be increased.
Earlier in November, the Supreme Court gave Pistorius the minimum 15 years prescribed for murder in South Africa, less time already served.
Pistorius was initially found guilty of manslaughter after he claimed he shot Reeva Steenkamp dead through a locked bathroom door after mistaking her with a burglar in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. But the Supreme Court found him guilty of murder.
Pistorius, a six-time gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic “blades”.