South Africa's Pistorius back in prison after spending night in hospital


Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts at his sentence hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Longari/Pool

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic gold medallist serving a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend, is back in prison after spending a night hospital, a prison service spokesman said on Friday.

Pistorius was taken to hospital on Thursday after falling ill and was kept at the medical facility overnight for observation.

"Oscar has been discharged and is back in prison," correctional services department spokesman Logan Maistry said.

Prison officials have not disclosed details about Pistorius's illness, but local media reports said he suffered chest pains and prison staff suspected a heart attack.

Last August, Pistorius denied trying to kill himself after he was treated in hospital for wrist injuries.

The athlete was sentenced to six years in prison in July last year after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013.

(Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by Toby Davis)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Athletics

Doping: World champion Coleman appeals two-year ban for breaching whereabouts rules
Belarusian medallist, facing crackdown at home, clings to Olympic comeback dream
A feat Soh inspiring
Athletes’ Village must be safest place in Tokyo, IOC official says
Sofia Marathon winners Khapilina, Sbaai provisionally suspended by AIU
Athletics: Semenya to take fight to European Court of Human Rights
2021 Paris marathon to be run October 17 - organisers
Kenya's Manangoi gets two-year ban for anti-doping violation - AIU
Athletics: Integrity Unit appeals decision to clear world champion Eid Naser
CAS decision on Russia ban must be unambiguous - IOC's Bach

Stories You'll Enjoy