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Oscar Pistorius treated in hospital for cuts on his wrists

According to reports, blades were found on Pistorius' cell.
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Jailed South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius received treatment in a hospital for injuries to his wrists, according to media reports.

A report by daily City Press said Pistorius was taken to hospital on Saturday, BBC reported on Sunday.

It quoted a security guard at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria as saying the athlete had wounds to his wrists that were bandaged.

The report said blades were found in a subsequent search of Pistorius’s cell. However, according to reports, Pistorius has denied that he tried to kill himself. Following treatment, the athlete has returned to prison, BBC reported.

The 29-year-old was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter, but was found guilty of murder on appeal last December. He admitted killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 but said he mistook her for an intruder at his home.

In July, prosecutors said his six-year jail sentence for murdering Steenkamp was too lenient and they would appeal.

The National Prosecuting Authority had said the sentence was “disproportionate to the crime” and could bring the justice system “into disrepute”.
A statement released by the Authority said that an application for leave to appeal against Pistorius’s sentence was submitted.
“We hope that this appeal will also clarify further the principles of sentencing, particularly in crime categories for which there are prescribed minimum sentences ordained by legislation,” it said.

Prosecutors point out that Pistorius’ jail term was less than half the 15 years sought by them and that he has shown inadequate remorse for the murder.

In explaining her decision to give him six years, Judge Thokozile Masipa said mitigating circumstances, such as rehabilitation and remorse, had outweighed aggravating factors, such as his failure to fire a warning shot.
She said the sentence needed to be fair to both Pistorius and the family of the deceased.

A longer sentence would not serve justice. Public opinion may be loud and persistent but it can play no role in the decision of this court, she said.

But the sentence caused outrage among some, who argued he had been given preferential treatment because of his status and wealth.

(With inputs from IANS and Agencies)

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