Oscar Pistorius will be cared for in prison

In a bid to sway the judge -Thokozile Masipa – from sentencing Oscar Pistorius to any jail time at all, the defense moved that there were not adequate facilities in prison for disabled persons and went further to claim that Oscar Pistorius would not be safe in prison.

Oscar Pistorius 2014-10-13Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murder of Reeva Steenkamp on September 11, 2014 but found guilty of culpable homicide in her death (and discharging a firearm in a public place) a day later on September 13, 2014.

The marathon pre-sentencing proceedings on the trial of Oscar Pistorius were on the fourth day on Thursday October 16, 2014 when state prosecutor Gerrie Nel dealt with the claims of the defense of lack of safety measures and inadequate facilities for the disabled in prison.

Zach Modise, the acting national commissioner for correctional services, was testifying on behalf of the prosecution when he told the North Gauteng High Court that Oscar Pistorius would not have his prostheses taken away in jail and could use his own doctor.

“The registered nurse will report any medical assistance device in possession of the offender, such devices may not be removed without the instruction of the medical attending” Gerrie Nel read from the documentation.

Zach Modise was quoted saying “I said in Parliament that the department is ready to take in people with disabilities in prison”.

Modise told the court the the offender is assessed for health purposes within six hours of being admitted and undergoes a complete assessment within 21 days of being admitted; these assessments would be used to establish the “sentence plan”.

He (Zach Modise) went on to say judges and magistrates have access to inmates, and an inmate can use his or her doctor but they’d have to pay out of their own pocket.

In prison; social, psychological and health needs are taken into account.

Modise dismissed torture claims as mere allegations.


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