Disgraced Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was sentenced earlier this year to 13 years and five months for fatally shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, suffered minor injuries in a prison scuffle over a telephone.
South African Department of Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said in a statement Tuesday that officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the brawl and may take further action.
“It is alleged that he was involved in an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained at the Attridgeville Correctional Center,” Nxumalo said.
“Pistorius wasn’t seriously injured; he was just bruised, although I haven’t received information about the exact location of the bruise,” he added. “We do regard the incident in a serious light and will act once we have all the facts.”
Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 for shooting and killing Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, but the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa upgraded his conviction to murder in 2015 on appeal, ABC News reported.
He was sentenced to six years in prison in July 2016, but his sentence was more than doubled by the Supreme Court of Appeal last month. Pistorius maintained that he shot Steenkamp dead through a locked bathroom door in the middle of the night because he mistakenly thought she was a burglar.
According to Nxumalo, Pistorius or his fellow inmates could lose prison privileges such as phone calls, visitation rights, and Christmas concessions depending on the results of a planned internal investigation.
“The outcome of the investigation would determine if any remedial action would be undertaken against any of the inmates involved,” he said, noting that any such punishments are far from materializing.