Oscar cried himself to sleep in prison - report

2014-10-23 08:12
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Johannesburg - The correctional services department on Thursday declined to comment on a report that convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius wept himself to sleep on his first day in prison.

"We have never given a blow-by-blow account of how an offender is progressing on a day-to-day basis," department spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said.

"We have never done that for other offenders and we won't do that for him."


The Times quoted sources as saying that Pistorius cried quite a bit before falling asleep at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria on his first night there.

"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," a prison source said.

Another source said he was being monitored constantly.


The newspaper reported that his routine in prison would include waking up at 05:30 daily, eating breakfast at 07:00, lunch at noon, and dinner at 16:00 - all in his cell.

It reported that this week he would begin a 21-day risks and needs assessment. His orientation would include warning him of the dangers such as gangsterism and contraband, and determining whether he was a suicide risk.

Pistorius was sentenced to prison for five years for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her through a locked toilet door in his Pretoria home thinking she was an intruder.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial

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