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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Oscar Pistorius reportedly "Cries Self to Sleep"

Killer Olympian Oscar Pistorius cried himself to sleep on the first night of his five-year jail term for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 
The 27-year-old star was taken to the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria to serve his jail term. Wearing an orange jump-suit, sources claimed that Pistorius wept when he was placed in his cell until falling asleep. 
Pistorius is expected to serve just ten months of his five-year jail term. 

Prison sources claimed Oscar Pistorius, pictured, cried himself to sleep on the first night of his jail term  
A jail source told The Citizen: 'You could hear him. Shortly after the door closed you could hear the tears … he was torn up. Broken. The crying went on and on. We think he stopped when he fell asleep. It was really bad.'
Another source said he was being monitored constantly.
The Correctional Services department refused to comment on the claims. 
Department spokesman Manelisi Wolea said: 'We have never given a blow-by-blow account of how an offender is progressing on a day to day basis.
'We have never done that for other offenders and we won’t do that for him.'  

The Paralympic gold medallist is undergoing a 36-hour 'comprehensive needs assessment' and orientation programme to inform him of the strict rules
and regulations as a 'B' group inmate at the Kgosi Mampuru prison. 
He is starting a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp – but could be out just ten months. 
His first night behind bars came as the model's parents told how they do 'not feel that justice has been done' but insisted they 'have to accept' the sentence imposed by the judge. 
Mr Morwane said: 'Once we have processed the inmate properly, we can draw up a "sentence plan" for him and make him aware of what programmes are available to him.
'I think he did get some rest over night and he looked to me like he was coping with his new situation.
'He has everything he needs. 
'Upon arrival yesterday, all of his belongings were taken from him for safe-keeping until his release and he was allocated a cell, sheets, blanket, pillow, toothpaste and toilet paper.'
Pistorius was taken to the tough Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, pictured, to serve his five-year jail term 

The prison suffers from overcrowding and gang violence so Pistorius is being kept in the hospital wing  
The prison suffers from overcrowding and gang violence so Pistorius is being kept in the hospital wing  
The hospital wing at the Kgosi Mampuru facility is heavily guarded round the clock and staffed by two trained nurses.
The double-amputee's 'B' group classification entitles him to keep a small number of personal photographs in his cell, have two 'no-contact' visits at weekends and on public holidays – with a maximum of 45 visits per year.
Once he has served six months of his sentence and proved himself to be a co-operative prisoner, Pistorius could be elevated to group 'A' - which would entitle him to more visits and and enjoy special privileges such as chocolate and Coca-Cola.
The disgraced sprinter is one of nine disabled offenders, out of a total number of 7217, being held in the prison, which was formerly known as Pretoria Central and was notorious under apartheid rule for its brutal treatment of political prisoners. 

photo credit: Barcroft Media

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