Pistorius Moved To 'special Needs' Prison

Pistorius moved to 'special needs' prison

JOHANNESBURG, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 14th Nov, 2016 ) : Jailed Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been transferred to a prison adapted for disabled inmates to serve the rest of his sentence for murdering his girlfriend, a South African official said Monday. The Department of Correctional Services said the double amputee was moved from Kgosi Mampuru II prison in the capital Pretoria to Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, just outside the city.

"The transfer was in line with his special needs," department spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo told AFP. "The new prison caters for people with special needs, it has been revamped to include facilities like bath tubs." The smaller facility holds convicts serving sentences of up to six years. In July, Pistorius, 29, was given a six-year jail term after an appeals court upgraded his manslaughter conviction to murder. He had been earlier given a five-year jail term and was released on parole after one year. State prosecutors are still battling to lengthen his sentence, which they have described as "shockingly lenient and disturbingly inappropriate". The former Paralympic hero shot dead Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013.