Thursday, 23 October 2014


                                       Serving time: Pistorius was heard crying during his first night in jail
The disgraced Paralympian this week began a five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013.He was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, after claiming that he shot 29-year-old model Reeva through his toilet door because he mistook her for a burglar.Oscar Pistorius cried himself to sleep on his first night in jail, according to prison sources.On his first night in Pretoria's notorious Kgosi Mampuru II prison , Pistoirus was heard sobbing loudly after being left alone in his cell.

Pretoria Central Prison: Pistorius is said to still be shocked at finding himself in jail

A prison source told the South African Times newspaper : "You could hear him. Shortly after the door closed you could hear the tears. He was torn up. Broken. The crying went on and on. We think he stopped when he fell asleep. It was really bad."

The athlete is being held in a basic 2mx3m cell with a solid steel door in the prison's hospital wing.Golden Miles Bhudu, president of the South African Prisoners' Association added: "Once the doors shut that's it. Other than a little grill bar window next to the cell door through which to talk there's no other way of communicating at night.For people to have heard him crying, it would have been very loud."

Pistorius is expected to spend the next few days being monitored closely by staff, and getting used to a prison routine of rising at 5.30am, breakfast at 7am, lunch at 12pm and dinner at 4pm.He will also be warned about the dangers he faces in jails, such as contraband and the threat from gangsters.

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