December 19 2008 at 03:32PM
By Niemah Davids
Semi-retired accountant and Mowbray Golf Club stalwart Charlie Upton was shot dead in his Rondebosch driveway in an attempted hijacking as his long-time friend Des Newton looked on.
Police said Newton chased the men after seeing his friend fall to the ground after the shooting just after 10pm on Wednesday, but they escaped.
Rondebosch police spokesperson Inspector Lyndon Sisam said Upton, 72, had just pulled his Mercedes Benz into his driveway in Hesseldon Street when he was cornered by two men.
"The information we received was from his friend who had been driving behind him when the incident occurred," Sisam said.
He said that when Newton took the turn into the road, he saw Upton fall to the ground.
"The car door was still open; he thought his friend was being robbed," Sisam said.
Newton gave chase but lost the men when they split up at a nearby T-junction.
"(Newton) said he tried to follow one of them as he ran down the side streets, but he managed to get away," Sisam said.
When Newton returned to the house, he learnt that Upton was dead.
Upton had been shot once in the chest.
The car keys were all that was missing from the scene.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stop on 086 001 0111.
This article was originally published on page 5 of Cape Argus on December 19, 2008