Judge Thokozile Masipa has told the Oscar Pistorius trial "there are not enough facts" to support the prosecution case that the athlete intended to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The track star has been cleared of both premeditated and second-degree murder at Pretoria High Court. The judge made the judgments three hours into delivering her decision on whether Pistorius will spend years in prison for shooting dead the 29-year-old model.
Judge Masipa said the charge of premeditated murder relied on "circumstantial evidence" from the State.
"The State 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," she said.
Judge Masipa told the court there was "no doubt" when Pistorius fired his gun "he acted unlawfully", but is still to rule on whether he is guilty of a lesser crime over Ms Steenkamp's death.
Pistorius faces one count of murder, two of illegally discharging a firearm - which is unrelated to the death of Ms Steenkamp - and one of illegally possessing ammunition. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. –Sky news