‘Man tried to kill five’
Businessman accused of five counts of attempted murder after A47 shooting incident will dispute his involvement, court told
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.