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South African Pistorius bruised in Jail fight over telephone use

Jailed for murdering his girlfriend, South African Oscar Pistorius, has been reported to be bruised during a disagreement with another inmate over telephone use.

According to agency report, a South African prison spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Pistorius sustained a minor injury in the alleged assault at the Attridgevill Correctional Center last week,

Pistorius is former South African sprint runner. Both of Pistorius’s legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. He was the tenth athlete to compete at both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games, competing in sprint events for below-knee amputees in Paralympic events.

The report said that, Singabakho Nxumalo of the Department of Correctional Services told The Associated Press that Pistorius had a medical checkup and was found to have a bruise, said Nxumalo, who added that the incident is being investigated.

“The injury is minor but we at the department take incidents like this seriously and want to prevent any altercations,” said Nxumalo.

The disagreement broke out between Pistorius and another inmate over use of a public telephone, he said.

Pistorius, a double amputee runner who won worldwide acclaim winning in the Paralympics and competing in the Olympics, is serving a 13-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot her dead in his home on Valentine’s Day 2013 and claimed he thought she was an intruder.

Bonny Amadi with Agency Report

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