Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder

Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder
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Judge rules that Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of deliberately murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead at his home in Pretoria in February last year.

Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of deliberately murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympic champion shot dead the South African model through a toilet door at his home in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

Today, Judge Masipa has been delivering her verdict at the High Court following a six-month trial, but has dismissed the charge of premeditated murder.

She told the South African court: "The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder. There are just not enough facts to support such a finding."

Pistorius is now facing a charge of culpable homicide or complete acquittal as the judge continues to deliver her verdict in court.

The six-time Paralympic gold medallist denies murder by claiming that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fired four gunshots through the locked door.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in Pretoria Magistrates Court for an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013
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