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Judge to rule on homicide verdict at Pistorius trial

Oscar Pistorius is spotted leaving the Pretoria High Court Credit: Safodien Mujahid/ABACA/Press Association Images

A verdict is expected at the trial of Oscar Pistorius over the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is to return a verdict on culpable homicide, having described Pistorius as "negligent" and "hasty" in court yesterday, where he was cleared of two murder charges. The athlete also faces three gun charges today.

Read: Pistorius cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius cleared of murder but could still face jail

A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges today, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star intended to kill his girlfriend or an imagined intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

However, Judge Thokozile Masipa said Pistorius was "negligent" when he shot dead Reeva Steenkamp, and the runner could still face jail.

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports.

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Oscar Pistorius sobbed as murder charge eliminated

The hearing will continue tomorrow when Oscar Pistorius is likely to find out whether or not he is guilty of culpable homicide.

But earlier he broke down, he sobbed, he was comforted by his siblings, as he heard that the most serious charges of murder and pre-meditated murder had been eliminated. He did not intend to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the judge decided.

This has taken four hours of judgement today.

Judge: Oscar Pistorius' actions were negligent

Judge Thokozile Masipa has said that Oscar Pistorius was "negligent" when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

She added: "I am not persuaded that a reasonable person with the same disabilities would have fired four shots into that toilet cubicle."

She has adjourned court until Friday morning.

Judge: Pistorius could have called for help

Judge Thokozile Masipa has said that "all the accused had to do was to pick up his cellphone to call security or the police" if he believed there was an intruder in his home.

She stressed that these actions would have taken a similar amount of time as going to the bathroom and firing shots.

She also dismissed the fact that there was no lock on the bathroom window, saying that "many people in this country live with no security at all".

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Oscar Pistorius' brother in court to hear final verdict

The brother of Oscar Pistorius is in court as the athlete waits to hear the judge's final verdict after she cleared him of pre-meditated and second degree murder.

Earlier he told ITV News' Rohit Kachroo that it was an "honour" to support his brother, who is still facing a charge of culpable homicide.

Carl Pistorius sits in a wheel chair during Oscar Pistorius' judgement. Credit: Reuters
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