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Correctional Services deny Pistorius suicide attempt

According to a report, the former athlete was rushed to hospital for treatment to wounds on his wrists.

FILE: Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after the conclusion of sentencing arguments in his murder trial. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

The Department of Correctional Services has dismissed reports that convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has attempted suicide at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre.

The City Press reported today that the former athlete was rushed to the Kalafong Hospital to receive treatment to wounds on his wrists.

Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Correctional Services' Manelisi Wolelela has confirmed that Oscar Pistorious was sent to Kalafong Hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries on his wrists.

After receiving the treatment, the inmate was returned to the prison.

It is being reported that blades were found in the former athlete's cell and that Pistorius claimed he had sustained the injuries after falling out of bed.

But Wolela says Pistorius has denied speculation of a suicide attempt as is being reported.

He says policy prohibits him from providing any further details about the inmate.

The Pistorius family has not responded to questions.