Oscar Pistorius: Brother dismisses report on suicide attempt

Carl Pistorius said the report that his brother tried to injure himself was sensationalist and untrue.

Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on 15 June 2016. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl has dismissed reports that the former athlete has attempted to commit suicide.

The City Press reported yesterday that Pistorius 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 2014.

His brother Carl has tweeted that he and the athlete's ex-girlfriend Jenna Edkins have visited him and Pistorius is doing well considering the circumstances.

Carl said reports that his brother tried to injure himself are sensationalist and completely untrue. He says Pistorius slipped in his cell and injured himself.

Correctional Services' Manelisi Wolela has also dismissed the reports.

He confirmed that Pistorius was sent to hospital for treatment, but says the athlete has denied claims that he attempted to commit suicide.

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

It was 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 said Pistorius has denied speculation of a suicide attempt as was reported.

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