The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has cleared the athlete of charges of premeditated murder and second-degree murder.

“The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” Thokozile Masipa said in court in Pretoria, South Africa.

Mr Pistorius can still be found guilty of culpable homicide or acquitted when the judge resumes her verdict tomorrow morning.

The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.