Oscar Pistorius ‘treated like royalty’ in prison

A Correctional Services official has told EWN that Pistorius has settled in & adjusted to life as a prisoner.

Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken down to the holding cells after being sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the high court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Having served four months behind bars, Eyewitness News understands Oscar Pistorius has settled in and adjusted to life as a prisoner.

Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of the Valentine's Day shooting that left his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead.

The athlete was sentenced to five years in prison, of which he's expected to serve less than a year.

It's a daily routine of meals and activities at specific times but one which Pistorius is getting used to.

Correctional Services has maintained its position of not discussing the particulars of offenders, but an official has told Eyewitness News that Pistorius is treated like royalty.

He says management is concerned that because of his high-profile status, if anything does happen to him it could be hugely embarrassing for the department.

The official says Pistorius does not talk a lot and tends to prefer spending time on his own.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Thursday that it had filed its notice to appeal the athlete's culpable homicide conviction.

It is now waiting for a court date in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).