Oscar's inmate status 'upgraded' for more prison perks

By admin
16 February 2015

Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been upgraded from a category B prisoner to a category A prisoner, because he "doesn't pose a threat".

Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been upgraded from a category B prisoner to a category A prisoner, because he "doesn't pose a threat", Mail Online reports.

Pistorius family spokesperson Annalise Burgess confirmed that Oscar's status had been upgraded, which means he'll be allowed privileges denied to other inmates. Now, Oscar will be able to own a radio, make more phone calls, and hug and kiss his visitors.

His allowance to buy toiletries and snacks has also increased, and the former paralympian will now be allowed to have a hobby -- provided it does not require him to use any sharp objects.

"This has boosted him a lot," a source reportedly told the British paper. "He has been very low in prison, although he seems to be getting all the support from the prison authorities that he needs." 

Oscar's category A status means that his visitors will no longer have to visit him behind glass and will be able to touch him, which has no doubt delighted his most frequent visitors, his siblings Carl and Aimee.

"His new status means he will be able to have more visits – there are a lot of family members who would like to go and see him, but in the past have stayed away so that it is mostly Carl, Aimee, his aunt and grandmother who take the allocated slots."

Last week, Eyewitness News reported that Oscar is being "treated like royalty" at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

An official is said to have told the news site prison management is concerned that "because of his high-profile status, if anything does happen to him it could be hugely embarrassing for the department".

The source added that Oscar does not talk a lot and tends to keep to himself.

Oscar is serving out a five-year prison term for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2014.

Sources: Mail Online, EWN

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