As murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius prepares to learn his fate from Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday, sentencing was announced last week in the case of a US man who shot dead a 19-year-old woman on his porch last November. Like Pistorius, Theodore Wafer claimed he believed his safety in his home was under threat from a break-in when he killed an unarmed woman. That hasn’t kept him from a 17-year jail term.
Nobody could ever dispute that it was Oscar Pistorius who killed Reeva Steenkamp. He admitted the fact, and there were no other suspects. The similarly unambiguous element of the case against Theodore Wafer, 55, was that he shot dead Renisha McBride, 19, on the night of 2 November, 2013.
McBride had ended up on Wafer’s front porch in the Detroit suburbs after crashing her car a few hundred metres away. Autopsy results found that she was extremely drunk, with the owner of the car she hit telling police that McBride was in a “confused state of not knowing where she was”.
It was just after 4.30am when McBride arrived at Wafer’s door. Over three hours had elapsed between the crash and her arrival – a…
Source : Daily Maverick