Judge finds Oscar Pistorius not guilty of unlawfully possessing ammunition

South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligently handling a gun in restaurant, but acquitted him on two other firearm charges.

AFP| Updated: Sep 12, 2014, 14:01 PM IST
Judge finds Oscar Pistorius not guilty of unlawfully possessing ammunition

Pretoria: South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligently handling a gun in restaurant, but acquitted him on two other firearm charges.

Pistorius stands accused of three firearms offenses – shooting a gun through a car sunroof, accidentally firing a gun in a Johannesburg restaurant and illegally possessing specialised ammunition.

In the state`s first victory after the shock dismissal of murder charges against the star athlete, the judge said Pistorius was guilty of recklessly discharging a firearm in a packed Johannesburg restaurant.

Pistorius was accused of asking to see a gun in Tasha`s restaurant and while handling it under the table the firearm went off.

"He may not have intentionally pulled the trigger... that does not absolve him of the crime of negligently handling a firearm," said Masipa.

Pistorius, who had remained emotionless the whole morning, started clenching his jaw during the ruling.

Masipa had however cleared Pistorius on charges of illegally possessing ammunition, which the sprinter said belonged to his father.

She also said there was not enough evidence to suggest he was guilty of another count of shooting a gun through a car sunroof.