‘Man tried to kill five’

Busi­ness­man ac­cused of five counts of at­tempted mur­der af­ter A47 shoot­ing in­ci­dent will dis­pute his in­volve­ment, court told

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By WIL­LIAM SMITH news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A FA­THER ap­peared in court yes­ter­day charged with the at­tempted mur­der of five peo­ple.

Joseph Up­ton (38), of Mur­row Lane, Par­son Drove, Wis­bech is ac­cused of try­ing to kill five peo­ple in a shoot­ing on the A47 close to Guy­hirn in Novem­ber.

He at­tended Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day morn­ing.

In a 20-minute hear­ing, Up­ton spoke only to con­firm his name and ad­dress and cor­rect his date of birth.

Wear­ing a green jumper with Eng­land writ­ten on the back, a St Ge­orge cross shield on the front and white stripes on the sleeves, he shook his head when he was re­fused bail.

He was charged late on Tues­day evening by po­lice and ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trates who re­manded him in cus­tody un­til Jan­uary 3 when he will ap­pear at Cam­bridge Crown Court.

Up­ton is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to kill five peo­ple who were in two cars.

It was al­leged that a shot­gun was fired at an Audi A4, with Matthew Gray and Aaron Brown in­side.

It is also claimed that a Peu­geot car con­tain­ing Tif­fany Brown, Sue Brown and Chanelle Brazil was also fired at.

Giles Beau­mont, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court: “Mr Brown cer­tainly re­ceived pel­let wounds to his face and up­per body.

“This is clearly a very se­ri­ous case in­deed.”

The in­ci­dent, in the early hours of Satur­day, Novem­ber 19, shocked nearby res­i­dents and prompted a ma­jor po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It forced the clo­sure of a long stretch of the A47 for most of the day.

The al­leged shoot­ing ended when one car came off the road, flipped over and rolled onto its roof leav­ing one man un­con­scious.

The first po­lice of­fi­cer thought it was a drink drive case but it was quickly al­leged there had been a gun in­volved.

In court yes­ter­day, Up­ton’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeff Lewis told the hear­ing that Up­ton had been in Nor­wich.

He said he was a pri­vate and re­spectable fam­ily man who runs a car busi­ness and is a mem­ber of the trav­eller com­mu­nity.

The court heard he also keeps about 60 horses.

Mr Lewis said: “That some­thing ex­tremely nasty hap­pened on the A47 is prob­a­bly not in dis­pute.

“That Mr Up­ton had any­thing to do with it is in dis­pute.”

Mag­is­trate Ben­jamin Da­mazer said: “We are deal­ing with five mat­ters of at­tempted mur­der.

“We are send­ing this for trial at crown court sit­ting at Cam­bridge.”

Up­ton has been re­manded in cus­tody un­til the morn­ing of Tues­day, Jan­uary 3 when he will ap­pear at Cam­bridge Crown Court.

in­ci­dent: The scene at the A47 near Guy­hirn fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent in Novem­ber.

clo­sure: The po­lice cor­don at the scene.

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