Imprisoned Pistorius allowed to attend grandmother’s funeral

South African authorities say convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was let out of prison for four hours last week to attend his grandmother’s funeral.

The correctional services department said Tuesday that an elite security unit took the former track star to the funeral Friday morning under a compassionate leave policy for prisoners.

Department spokesman Manelisi Wolela says Pistorius, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, asked to attend the funeral and was allowed to do so because he is classified as a low risk offender.

The double-amputee Olympian is serving a six-year sentence for murdering Steenkamp at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria. Prosecutors have said the sentence is too lenient.

Thai Medalist’s Grandmother Dies Celebrating Win

The 84-year-old grandmother of a Thai Olympic bronze medal winner collapsed and died on Monday while celebrating the weightlifter’s success in Rio, police said.

The octogenarian was watching a live broadcast of her 20-year-old grandson, Sinphet Kruaithong, take third place in the 56-kilogramme division.

But a viral video showed the jubilant scene of cheering fans in his rural hometown transform into tragedy after his grandmother, Subin Khongthap, collapsed while watching the competition on a projector. “The initial assumption is that she died from heart failure — but we have to wait for the hospital’s result,” said Somwang Prangprakoan a police officer in northeastern Surin province.

“I’m not sure if she was too excited, or if maybe she was already ill,” he added.

During an interview with local press ahead of the competition, Sinphet’s grandmother said she missed her grandson but was overjoyed by his sporting journey.

“I cheer him on, fight fight! I miss my grandson and want him to be successful. He does this for the country to bring the gold medal back,” she said.

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Teenager Shoots Grandmother, Siblings For Waking Him Up

A teenage boy opened fire on four family members, including his grandmother and two young children, in an East Nashville, United States home.

The spokesperson for Nashville police, Kris Mumford, said that shortly before 7:17am, a relative of the 16-year-old boy attempted to wake him up for school when an argument broke out between them.

Mumford said, “There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when the 16-year-old ran to a closet, got a 9mm handgun and started firing.

“Bullets struck the teen’s 67-year-old grandmother twice. His 12-year-old sister and six-year-old nephew were both grazed by the gunfire. The teen’s nephew is his older sister’s son,” Mumford added.

The teen also tried to shoot his 42-year-old mother in the living room of the home, but Mumford said the woman ducked behind a couch and avoided being hit.

The teen’s two-year-old sister was also in the home when the gunfire broke out but was fortunate not to be hit by bullets, police said.

According to the Tennessean, the teen then fled the home on foot and tossed the gun at a nearby apartment.

Police, however, found him along a rail path, arrested him and eventually recovered the handgun.

The grandmother was said to be recovering from in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while the two children were being treated at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Police said the teen’s family said they were not aware the firearm was in the closet.

Nonetheless, investigation is ongoing to ascertain the source of the gun, Munford said.

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62 Year Old Grandmother Hides $12K Worth Of Drugs In Her Vagina To Smuggle Into Son’s Prison

A 62-year-old grandmother is facing serious charges after she allegedly smuggled drugs in her vagina into a Canadian prison where her son was doing time.

Linda Ethal Sheridan came to the Edmonton Institution with her 10-year-old granddaughter on July 22, 2013 to visit her son, who is serving time for home invasion. During a routine search, a drug-sniffing dog detected drugs on her.

She allegedly had three bags of drugs including heroin, meth, and marijuana hidden in her genitals and breasts. She seemed embarrassed that this happened,” said correctional officer Brandy Swenson. “She really wanted to remove the stuff from her body cavity.”

Officials estimated the value of the drugs to be more than $12,000. Her son told a court he did not ask her for the drugs.

The Huffington Post reports Sheridan said she only did it because she felt threatened by an anonymous caller who said he would kill her son if she didn’t bring the drugs.

“I wish I hadn’t been talked into this,” Sherida reportedly told police at the time she was arrested. “It was a stupid move and I should’ve known better.”

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British Grandmother Prepares For Execution In Indonesia

A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday.

Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest.

“My execution is imminent and I know I might die at any time now. I could be taken tomorrow from my cell,” Sandiford wrote in British newspaper the Mail on Sunday.

“I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family.”

Sandiford, originally from Redcar in northeast England, wrote that she planned to sing the cheery popular song “Magic Moments” when facing the firing squad.

“I won’t wear a blindfold. It’s not because I’m brave but because I don’t want to hide — I want them to look at me when they shoot me.”

She said her greatest sadness is that she may never meet her two-year-old granddaughter, who was born after her arrest.

Sandiford was sentenced to death on the island of Bali in 2013 after she was convicted of trafficking drugs.

Customs officers found cocaine worth an estimated £1.6 million ($2.4 million, 2.2 million euros) hidden in a false bottom in Sandiford’s suitcase when she arrived in Bali on a flight from Thailand in 2012.

Sandiford admitted the offences, but says that she agreed to carry the drugs after a drug syndicate threatened to kill her son.

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