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Oscar Pistorius' Blade Legs

NOT Considered Weapons

Behind Bars

2/14/2013 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius' carbon fiber blade legs could EASILY be used as a weapon behind bars -- but a rep for the South African prison where he's locked up tells TMZ, officials have decided not to confiscate the prosthetics.

The rep tells TMZ, Pistorius will be allowed to keep his legs ... at least until he faces a judge in a few hours -- at which point that decision might change.

Pistorius stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

We're told SA prison officials typically confiscate any item that can be used as a weapon -- shivs, clubs, anything that can be filed down to a point (including hard plastics) -- but this is a special circumstance.

We called a few jails on this side of the Atlantic for good measure ... and we were told Pistorius would be lucky to keep his legs behind bars, especially if he were placed in gen pop ... where another inmate could potentially use Pistorius' legs to cause real damage.

Competitive advantage: Pistorius.

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61.

He'a Patonger    

Guilty or not, taking away his prosthetic legs will cause the SA government a hell of a lot more money on his maintenance.

532 days ago
62.

HillbillyHell    

Dude killed that hot bikini model? His lawyer will probably use the "insanity defense".

532 days ago
63.

Jay    

He ONLY wears the blades to RUN in for competition and practice, he does NOT wear the blades otherwise, he has prosthetics that look like regular legs he wears normal shoes with on a daily basis. Get your facts straight TMZ, like he'd be walking around in those blades for everyday, give me a break. Hope he fries for murdering his girlfriend, the police said they had been out there several times for domestic abuse, the neighbors heard yelling and screaming before the shooting so he obviously knew she was in the house with him, NOT an accident as he will try to pawn off!

532 days ago
64.

TT    

Now that is bull****! What about other disabled inmates they ain't allow this kind of thing. Must be some special national hero's treatment.

532 days ago
65.

Truth    

TMZ ARE DUMBASSES... THE MURDERER ONLY WEARS THE BLADES DURING RACES. HE WEARS REGULAR LEG PROSTHETICS WHEN HE'S NOT. STILL THEY SHOULD REMOVE HIS LEGS AS WEAPONS. LET'S SEE HIM CLIMB OUTTA THIS ONE, LOLZ! #TRUTH!!

532 days ago
66.

Truth    

South African newspaper Beeld's front page story, headlined "Dood agter deur [Dead behind door]", said it understood Steenkamp was shot four times through a bathroom door. According to the paper, the police and security guards were called to his house two hours before the shooting, after neighbours heard the runner and Steenkamp arguing. The police were called out a second time around 3am after neighbours heard gunshots, the paper said, quoting an unnamed Silver Woods estate resident. Pistorius is due to appear in court on a murder charge. Police have given few details of the shooting, other than to say Steenkamp died of gunshot wounds.
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#TRUTH!!

532 days ago
67.

pancake    

she may have thought she could run over him because he had no legs but he showed her.

532 days ago
68.

Chris Kaman Your Eye    

With all the evidence against him, he probably won't have a leg to stand on in court

532 days ago
69.

Mimi    

He doesn't wear the carbon fiber "blades" except when competing. He normally wears a leg like prosthetic that accommodates shoes. This story is BS.

532 days ago
70.

Dino     

I have noticed that his ego was very big showing everyone how he can do things since he is a real handicap person but I guess he went to far this time.
Sad history !

532 days ago
71.

Really?    

dumbass's, he has prosthetic legs for just walking. He will not be in jail with his running legs.

531 days ago
72.

Really?    

dumbass's, he has prosthetic legs just for walking, he is not in jail with his running legs.

531 days ago
73.

Lake    

This item makes no sense. Those are his competitive limbs; he wears them for racing. He doesn't wear them with street clothes; they weren't manufactured "for use during incarceration." He has other prosthetics.

531 days ago
74.

LindyK    

He's got regular legs, which is what he had on when arrested. Also, I believe there is no jury system in so Africa.

531 days ago
75.

Screw'em    

You have to remember his "blades" are his running legs. He wears typical prosthesis day-to-day which are made of a thin carbon-fibre wall fashioned similar to a leg shape and often coated in a nude, skin colour rubber. You can't file or cut it easily and it tends to splinter and ****ter when punctured. I am an ex-Paralympic track and field athlete.

531 days ago
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