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Oscar Pistorius sustains 'minor injuries’ in prison fight

Officials say the fight between Pistorius and a fellow inmate occurred over the use of a public phone in the special care unit.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius during the first day of his murder trial in the Pretoria High Court on 3 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Correctional services officials have confirmed that Oscar Pistorius sustained minor injuries after being involved in a fight in prison.

The former Paralympic athlete is currently serving a 13-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Correctional Services Department says that it will investigate an incident and ensure appropriate action is taken if necessary.

Officials say the fight between Pistorius and a fellow inmate occurred over the use of a public phone in the special care unit of the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre where both offenders are detained.

The brawl came just days after the blade runner's prison term was extended by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Pistorius was taken for a medical checkup and was found to have only sustained a bruise.

Prisons officials say it is standard operating procedure regarding cases of alleged assaults for an internal investigation into the matter to be set up.

This will allow them to establish the facts and to ensure that appropriate action is taken as incidents of assault are not allowed.

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