Oscar Pistorius cried himself to sleep on the first night of his five-year jail term for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The 27-year-old star was taken to the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria to serve his jail term.
Pistorius is expected to serve just ten months of his five-year jail term.
A jail source told The Citizen: ‘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.’
Another source said he was being monitored constantly.
The Correctional Services department refused to comment on the claims.
Department spokesman Manelisi Wolea said: ‘We have never given a blow-by-blow account of how an offender is progressing on a day to day basis.
‘We have never done that for other offenders and we won’t do that for him.’
The Paralympic gold medallist is undergoing a 36-hour ‘comprehensive needs assessment’ and orientation programme to inform him of the strict rules and regulations as a ‘B’ group inmate at the Kgosi Mampuru prison.
He is starting a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp – but could be out just ten months.
His first night behind bars came as the model’s parents told how they do ‘not feel that justice has been done’ but insisted they ‘have to accept’ the sentence imposed by the judge.
Mr Morwane said:
‘Once we have processed the inmate properly, we can draw up a “sentence plan” for him and make him aware of what programmes are available to him.’I think he did get some rest overnight and he looked to me like he was coping with his new situation. ‘He has everything he needs. ‘Upon arrival yesterday, all of his belongings were taken from him for safe-keeping until his release and he was allocated a cell, sheets, blanket, pillow, toothpaste and toilet paper.’