Malawi golf caddy in police custody for iPhone theft

The Lilongwe First Grade Magistrate Court has adjourned a case in which a golf caddy is accused of stealing a lady golfer’s iPhone.

The suspect identified as Charles Benjamin 33, is accused of stealing an iPhone worth $800 (which is approximately K312, 000) belonging to Mary Jackson, a South African citizen, contrary to section 278 of the penal code. Benjamin pleaded not guilty to the charge.

It was heard in court that on August 21 Jackson and her three friends went to Lilongwe Golf Club to play golf, Benjamin was assigned to be Jackson’s caddy. It was on this very day that after sending a text message to her friend she packed the phone in her bag which was carried by Benjamin until it went missing.

Testifying in court on Thursday, Jackson said she left her phone in the bag and when she wanted to make a call, she asked Benjamin to give her the phone. Surprisingly her caddy had already put the golf bag at the back of her car and then he told her the phone was not in the bag but in her pocket.justice

According to Jackson after they failed to trace the phone they went to Telkom Networks Malawi (TNM) to get help. After tracing with their machine they found that the phone was within Lilongwe Golf Club and was still ringing but it was later switched off.

Then Jackson decided to report to police to help her investigate the matter. Upon investigating police questioned Benjamin since he was the one who was the custodian of the bag throughout the time, since he could not give concrete answer he was arrested.

However, the case has been adjourned to September 18, 2013 when the state will parade one more witness to testify on the matter.

Benjamin hails from Nsewa village in the Area of Traditional Authority Malili in Lilongwe district. The suspect is still in police custody.

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