Oscar Pistorius moved to disabled-friendly prison

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius (Reuters / file)
Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius (Reuters / file)

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been moved into a prison which is better adapted for disabled offenders.

Pistorius, a former Paralympian, was sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

At his request, he's now been moved to the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, according to South Africa's Department of Correctional Service.

It's smaller than Kgosi Mampuru II, where he had previously been serving his time, and holds offenders serving up to six years.

A spokesperson told AFP the transfer was in line with Pistorius' special needs.

"The new prison caters for people with special needs: it has been revamped to include facilities like bath tubs."

The prison also offers rehabilitation and development programmes.

Pistorius had originally been sentenced to five years' jail for the manslaughter of Ms Steenkamp, but the sentence was overturned earlier this year.

Prosecutors say his new sentence of six years for murder is still "shockingly lenient" and are battling to get it extended.