Oscar Pistorius moves to another prison

Serving a six-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, Oscar Pistorius has requested he be

Serving a six-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, Oscar Pistorius has requested he be transferred to another prison to serve out his sentence.

Initially serving his time in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison, a large prison in Pretoria said to house around 7,000 inmates, Pistorius placed a request to be moved to a centre just outside of Pretoria that is better adapted to inmates with a disability.

The Atteridgeville Correctional Centre is far smaller, houses inmates serving up to six years, and has a rehabilitation and development program for its offenders.

“The transfer was in line with his special needs,” Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told the AFP. “The new prison caters for people with special needs: it has been revamped to include facilities like bath tubs.”

The six-year sentence, which has been increased from the original five-year sentence handed down in July, is currently being appealed by prosecutors who feel it is “too lenient” and “does not fit the crime” Pistorius committed.

The Paralympian, famously called ‘The Blade Runner’, was convicted of shooting his model girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013. He has always maintained that he mistook her for an intruder.

What do you think about having a prison especially designed for disabled offenders? Do you have any thoughts on Oscar Pistorius’s conviction? Share them with us.

  1. Christine  

    Don’t care if the facility is for disabled inmates, after all they deserve some dignity. My problem is, and always has been, the fact that Pistorius has such a short sentence FOR MURDER. Moving him to a prison for people serving 6yrs or less just proves he WILL NOT do even THAT small amount of time.

  2. Joan Marshall  

    What concerns me is that Oscar could have called out to his girlfriend before he fired that gun. The girlfriend was sleeping next to him and was missing from the bed surely he knew she could have been in the bathroom. Oscar left himself open to this doubt from people and hence has now got to face a prison sentence for murder. On previous events the rumour is they did have many rows on his reckless driving and temper. A beautiful woman is lost to her parents imagine the pain they feel.

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