HUDDLED up in the corner of the dark, dingy attic and surrounded by wooden beams, wanted man Jonathan Donne could easily be mistaken for an old pile of clothes.
But as an armed police officer shines a torch around the room, the fugitive killer’s hiding spot is finally revealed – days after he tied up and beat a pensioner to death.
Donne, 42, was on parole after serving prison time for killing his ex-girlfriend when he robbed and murdered John ‘Jack’ Williams, 67, in Swansea, Wales.
He broke into Williams’ house searching for the huge amount of cannabis he believed Williams was growing before savagely beating the pensioner and going on the run for days.
Now, dramatic never-before-seen video footage shows the moment armed police finally found him hiding in an attic as they raided a house in the city.
In the clip, featured in ITV’s Code Blue: Murder documentary, officers can be heard yelling, “Armed police,” as they enter the property and scour rooms.
They fail to uncover Donne – but while standing in a doorway, one of the officers suddenly gestures towards his ears and then at the ceiling.
It quickly becomes clear he’s pointing at the attic door.
‘I can see you in the corner’
The gun-wielding team immediately shine a torch at the ceiling as an officer shouts: “Armed police. Anybody in the attic make yourself known.”
After receiving no response, they break open the door and an officer goes up.
Moments later, the cop spots Donne and yells to him: “We know you’re there, I can see you in the corner. You are going to have to come out.
“Do as I say, no harm will come to you.
“Show me your hands. Show me you have no weapons on you.
“Do you understand? We are armed police.”
Still lying in the corner, Donne finally appears to move and raise his hands before confirming his name.
‘Do not threaten the police’
The officer then tells him: “We don’t want to hurt you, we don’t want you to hurt us. Do exactly what we say.
“There are a number of items up here. If you make a move for them it will be taken as a threat and you will be dealt with appropriately, do you understand?”
Donne says, “Yes,” and assures cops he won’t mess around.
Soon after, the murderer climbs down from the attic and is then handcuffed and taken to a car in what appears to be a white forensics suit.
The remarkable footage airs tonight in the documentary series’ second episode, which pieces together South Wales Police’s investigation into Mr Williams’ murder.
The pensioner was killed in March last year – with police finding more than 60 cannabis plants in the loft of his house, as well as £10,000 in a tin in the kitchen.
A court heard Donne – who had previously been locked up for the manslaughter of his former partner – believed his victim had large amounts of money at his home.
He tied him up in a bid to find out where the cash and drugs were hidden.
‘I just knew something wasn’t right’
He battered and stamped on Mr Williams, leaving him with severe head injuries.
Speaking in the documentary, the victim’s grieving niece, Emma, recalls: “Mum came running in, she didn’t even need to say anything, and she said it was my uncle Jack.
“And I just knew something wasn’t right. I knew he had gone and I don’t know why. At that moment I didn’t know what to feel – it didn’t feel real.”
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Tonight’s programme follows detectives from the first call to the bloodied crime scene to the hunt for Donne and his eventual arrest.
The killer, who repeatedly answered ‘no comment’ when quizzed by police, was jailed for life with a minimum of 31 years after being convicted of murder and robbery.
Two others who were arrested during the case, Gemma Owens and Simon Cairns, both from Swansea, were acquitted of murder, manslaughter and robbery.
- Code Blue: Murder airs on ITV at 9pm today (Thursday, April 11)