Judge Thokozile Masipa said “there are not enough facts” to support the prosecution case that he intended to kill Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

However, that’s not the end of it.

The judge also told the court there was “no doubt” that when Pistorius fired his gun “he acted unlawfully”.

She explained that he failed the “reasonable man test” and that “it is clear that his conduct was negligent”.

Judge Masipa will rule on Friday whether he is guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide – South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter.

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