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Pistorius injured in prison fight over phone

Oscar Pistorius has been injured after getting involved in a prison fight.

The former Paralympic champion had an altercation with another inmate over a public telephone earlier this month.

In a statement, South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services said Pistorius sustained a bruise during the incident inside the special care unit of Atteridgeville Correctional Centre.

Reports suggest fellow prisoners had grown angry with how long the 31-year-old was taking to use the phone, and the fight is now under investigation.

Oscar Pistorius at his sentencing hearing in 2016
Video:Pistorius sentence increased to 13 years

Pistorius is serving a 13-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Last month, his original sentence was more than doubled by the Supreme Court of Appealafter a court ruled it was too lenient.

Double amputee Pistorius was moved to the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, which caters for inmates with physical disabilities, in November 2016.

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Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp less than three weeks before he killed her
Image:Pistorius claimed he thought Ms Steenkamp was an intruder

Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide – the equivalent of manslaughter over the killing – but this was later upgraded to murder.

He claimed he thought Ms Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her four times though a toilet door at his home in Pretoria.

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