Pretoria – Oscar Pistorius has been acquitted on one of the charges of discharging a firearm in public.
“The State has failed to establish that the accused is guilty beyond reasonable doubt on this count and has to be acquitted,” said Judge Thokozile Masipa in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday.
The State alleges that on September 30, 2012 Pistorius allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with his friend Darren Fresco and his ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor in Modderfontein.
The Paralympian also faces two other charges of contravening the Firearms Control Act – one of illegal possession of ammunition and another of discharging a firearm in public. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.
Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse on Valentine’s Day last year.
He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him. She was hit in the hip, arm, and head.