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Oscar Pistorius put on suicide watch

Jailed murderer Oscar Pistorius has been put on suicide watch following mysterious wrist injuries that landed him in hospital earlier this month, according to reports on Sunday.

Prison officials told City Press newspaper that the athlete who is serving a six- year sentence for murdering his girlfriend was under 24-hour monitoring, with increased cell visits by warders.

Some inside sources told the paper that razor blades were found in the disgraced athlete’s cell last Saturday afternoon, and that his wrist injuries, described as “severe”, were self-inflicted.

Prison authorities have launched a probe into the incident.

“Our internal investigation is at an advanced stage,” said Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo.

The 29-year-old double-amputee, who is being held at the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria, had told prison officials he sustained the injuries falling off his bed.

According to the newspaper, the injury occurred soon after he had an altercation with prison officials over medication prescribed by state doctors. The Paralympian had refused to take the medication, saying it was “toxic” and demanded to be given medication prescribed by his private doctor.

He alleged that the prison official wanted to kill him and demanded to be transferred to another jail.

Warders also raided his cell and found a pair a scissors, prescription drugs and “toxic pills”.

Pistorius’s family has rubbished reports that the “Blade Runner” who made history by being the first disabled person to compete with able-bodied athletes in the 2012 London Olympics had tried to kill himself.

Pistorius initially escaped a murder conviction for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door three years ago.

An appeal by prosecutors saw his manslaughter conviction upgraded to murder, and in July he was sentenced to a six-year jail term.

But prosecutors have said they would push for a longer sentence, saying six years was “shockingly lenient”.

Reeva Steenkamp: Father Says Oscar Pistorius ‘Has To Pay’ for Daughter's Death

In an emotional testimony during the second day of Oscar Pistorius’ sentencing hearing, the father of Reeva Steenkamp says the double-amputee Olympic runner “has to pay” for his daughter’s killing.

“For me it has been difficult to forgive, but I feel that Oscar … has to pay. How long is up to the court and we will go by the decision of the court” said Barry Steenkamp on Tuesday according to media.

A weeping Steenkamp told a crowded courtroom— where many, including Pistorius, shed tears — of their daughter’s plan to look after him and his wife, June, in old age. He also asked for photos of his daughter’s body to be made public so that people could see her wounds, reports say.

Pistorius was first sentenced to five years in jail for manslaughter over the shooting of his girlfriend through a bathroom door in 2014. He got out on parole after one year. After an appeal by state prosecutors his conviction was changed to murder. Beginning on Monday, the sentencing hearing is expected to conclude at the end of this week.

“What she must have gone through in those split seconds. She must have been in so much fear and pain. That is what I think of all the time. I can see it myself. It must have been absolutely and utterly awful” said Steenkamp.