Pistorius birthday visit may have bent prison rules

Updated: Nov 25, 2014, 10:33 IST | AFP |

South African newspaper report casts doubts over a prison visit made to Oscar Pistorius by his brother Carl and sister Aimee on his birthday

Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius, serving a five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, received a long visit from his brother and sister for his 28th birthday that may have bent the rules of his incarceration, a South African newspaper reported yesterday.

Aimee Pistorius, who reportedly brought gifts for brother Oscar
Aimee Pistorius, who reportedly brought gifts for brother Oscar 

Carl and Aimee Pistorius were able to visit the double-amputee track star for nearly two hours on Saturday morning at Pretoria's central prison, The Sunday Times reported.

Pistorius is technically allowed five hour-long visits per month, the paper said. His siblings also brought balloons, gifts and a birthday cake bought outside the prison, which would usually not be allowed, the paper said, while their vehicles did not appear to have been searched.

Carl and Oscar Pistorius
Carl and Oscar Pistorius 

The prison's spokesman Logan Maistry said Pistorius had not been receiving special treatment, but that an investigation would be opened to look into the allegations. Because of his physical disability, Pistorius, is being held in the prison's hospital ward.

The fallen Paralympian gold medallist shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013. He said he shot the 29-year-old model four times through a locked bathroom door because he thought she was an intruder.

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