“Evidential material before this court shows that the accused acted negligently when he fired into the toilet door, knowing there was someone behind the door,” Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in the high court in Pretoria.
“It cannot be said that the accused did not entertain a genuine belief that there was an intruder in the toilet who posed a threat to him,” Independent Online quoted Judge Masipa as saying.
“It could not be said that he foresaw that either the deceased, or anyone else for that matter, might be killed when he fired the shots at that door.”
Earlier, Pistorius was acquitted of charges of illegal possession of ammunition and one charge of illegal discharge of a firearm in a public place.
But he was found guilty on the illegal discharge of a firearm in a restaurant in Johannesburg in January, 2013.
Pistorius is on trial for fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Stenkamp through a locked toilet door Feb 14, 2013, at his house in Pretoria.