PRETORIA, South Africa— Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday the South African track star acted recklessly when he fired four shots through the locked bathroom door of his Pretoria home, killing the 29-year-old model.
“The accused acted negligently when he fired shots into the toilet door knowing there was someone behind the toilet door and that there was very little room to maneuver,” Ms. Masipa said. “A reasonable person in possession of his faculties with a similar disability would have foreseen that possibility.”
But Ms. Masipa said prosecutors had failed to prove Mr. Pistorius had previously intended and planned to kill Ms. Steenkamp or that he deliberately killed her in the heat of the moment but without “malice aforethought.”
Oscar Pistorius listens to the verdict in his trial at the court in Pretoria. Reuters
Ms. Masipa also convicted Mr. Pistorius of negligent handling of a firearm for misfiring a pistol in a Johannesburg restaurant last year. She acquitted him of another firearms charge for allegedly firing a pistol through a car’s sun roof in 2012, and another charge related to possession of ammunition.
It was unclear when judge will pass sentence on Mr. Pistorius. For the conviction on manslaughter, known under South African law as culpable homicide, she has broad discretion in imposing punishment, from a fine to more than a decade in prison.