Oscar Pistorius

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Oscar Pistorius, gestures,  at the end of the fourth day of  sentencing proceedings in the high court in Pretoria,  South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Following the testimony hearing, which is expected to end this week, Judge Thokozile Masipa will rule on what punishment Pistorius must serve after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.(AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

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Oscar Pistorius will be committed to the hospital wing of one of South Africa's toughest prisons if the double-amputee Olympic track star is sentenced to jail time for killing his girlfriend, the head of the prison service said on Thursday.

On the fourth day of Pistorius' sentencing hearing, Zach Modise, who has worked in the prison service for 35 years, was questioned by the defense about conditions at the Pretoria Central Prison, Pistorius' most likely destination because of its disabled facilities.

The jail was the execution site of dozens of black political activists by South Africa's apartheid government, which handed over power after the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994. (REUTERS)


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