Oscar Pistorius has denied trying to commit suicide in jail yesterday (Sunday) as it was revealed he is ‘very upset’ in solitary confinement and has ‘suffered enough’. The disgraced Olympian, who is serving a six year prison sentence for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was rushed to hospital on Saturday with slashed wrists. Officers who searched his cell reportedly found blades, but Pistorius and his family denied he was trying to commit suicide. instead insisting he had fallen out of bed. The latest drama took place as his legal team attacked the prosecution’s decision to appeal his prison sentence for murder. They claim Oscar’s case has become “too personal” for prosecutor Gerrie Nel.
A defence source said: “Any decent human being will say the man has suffered enough, let this verdict lie. They also revealed how the 29-year-old Paralympian was “very upset”, languishing in a tiny cell in solitary confinement. The source said: “Oscar is back in exactly the same cell, we all know he’s suffering enough but tell Nell that, he doesn’t know that, it’s become too personal for him.
“I feel enough is enough. I don’t know what he has against Oscar, I’m very disillusioned about it. He’s in (his cell) more or less 24 hours a day, they open the cell for about six hours but just for him to walk up and down the passageway, there’s nothing there.
“He can’t go into a recreational hall or a dining room or an exercise yard or a gym because they are keeping him away from the other prisoners entirely because they are so concerned about his safety. They have a tiny room for him with two of three small training things, nothing much, very limited equipment, but he cant go to the big gym.
“There is no TV, no desk, he only has a narrow bed and nothing else. he has no window, no natural light, he doesn’t see any natural light. His cell is 3 metres by 3 metres. He’s accepted the new sentence but he’s not a happy man. The cell is very lonely.”
A prosecution source said in response: “No comment. We are doing what we are entitled to do under the law.”
On Saturday, warders were called to the athlete’s single cell in Kgosi Mampuru II prison. He told them he had fallen out of bed and was checked by the prison medical team before being taken to a nearby hospital. He was treated under heavy guard then sent back to prison that evening.
South Africa’s City Press newspaper claimed they were told Oscar had arrived at the hospital bleeding heavily from bad cuts on his wrists which the doctors kept wrapping bandages around.
A subsequent search of his cell turned up “blades” - two anonymous prison warders told the paper. Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for the prison service, said the athlete had “minor injuries on his wrists”. but added: “Oscar Pistorius denied speculations of a suicide attempt.”
The athlete’s brother, Carl Pistorius, said he and Oscar’s girlfriend Jenna Edkins had been to visit him on Sunday and speculation he had tried to harm himself was “completely untrue and sensational”.
“Jenna and I have just seen Oscar and he is doing well given the circumstances. He was in good spirit, I know that there are reports saying he had tried to injure himself – they are completely untrue and sensational. He slipped in his cell and injured himself, nothing serious," he said.