Oscar Pistorius has spent his first night in prison as he begins serving a five-year sentence after astonishing trial for killing reeva steenkamp.
Pistorious is just one of more than 7 000 inmates of the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, where he was taken after being sentenced for shooting his girlfried on Valentine’s Day last year.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered Pistorius to serve a maximum five years in prison for culpable homicide after a seven-month trial watched live by millions around the world.
The case was a stunning fall from grace for the 27-year-old who made history by becoming the first double amputee Paralympian to compete against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics, inspiring millions.
But during his trial, the prosecution painted a darker picture of the sports star, presenting a dangerously volatile young man with a penchant for guns, beautiful women and fast cars.
Life in prison will be very different, with stringent regulations governing inmates’ visiting hours and what possessions they are allowed inside, including food.
Sport clothes are only allowed following approval by authorities, computers are prohibited, and only one photo album can be kept.
Formerly known as Pretoria Central Prison, the facility was notorious for its brutality towards political prisoners held under the apartheid regime which collapsed 20 years ago.
Pistorius, who had wept and vomited at times during his trial, stood stock-still as he was sentenced, veins bulging in his forehead and his jaw muscles clenched.