Dramatic moment armed police face showdown in attic with pensioner’s killer

The dramatic second episode of new two-part ITV documentary series Code Blue: Murder explores the horrific killing of John "Jack" Williams.

The 67-year-old pensioner's body was found tied up with head injuries after a "brutal and savage" attack in Swansea in March 2018.

With extraordinary access to the multidisciplinary South Wales Police operation that brought the perpetrators to justice, the ITV documentary shows how they brought down the killer.

In dramatic scenes that could be out of a film, armed officers raid a house and find the murderer in the attic.

With their guns pointed forward they swiftly move in the loft and find him hiding in the corner.


The officer shouts: "We know you're there we can see you in the corner. Do as I say and no hamr will come to you. It's pointless laying there. We have been here long enough."

Jonathan Donne eventually realises he has nowhere left to run and moves towards the armed police.

He tentatively walks down the steps with guns and tasers pointed at his back before being cuffed.


The dramatic scenes come after the tragic murder of Williams in his ow home.

The officers found a substantial amount of cannabis scattered around the property, recovering 60 cannabis plants from a growing set-up in the attic, as well as £10,000 in £20 notes.

The force’s head of major crime, Det Supt Richard Jones, tells his team: "There’s an awful lot to be done, it’s really about the detail to build this picture about his movements.


"I am sure the answer is out there somewhere. It’s a category A, it’s undetected and as things stand we’ve got no suspects."

The cops follow a lead from a neighbour to CCTV footage of a distinctly-dressed woman and two men coming out of Jack's house.

When a detective recognises the woman, Gemma Owens, the police realise one of the men with her could be Jonathan Donne.

Donne, who is well-known to the officers, had reportedly previously attacked cannabis cultivators in their homes.

In 2008, Donne was jailed for the manslaughter of Michelle Harkett. He was released in February 2017.

Cameras follow as police track them down and arrest Owens, but Donne somehow escapes and the hunt is on to find him.

Officers hear Donne has a machete and may have been trying to get hold of a gun.

Detective inspector Dean Llewellyn says: “There are firearms police in place now, if cornered he could come out potentially with weapons. Officer safety is paramount and public safety is paramount. We’ve got to get this dangerous individual off the streets.”

Simon Cairns, who owns the car in which Donne and Owens travelled to Jack’s house, is also arrested as the net closes in.

Officers building the case against Donne prepare for a potentially dramatic takedown at a house where he has reportedly holed up on the outskirts of Swansea.

At trial In October 2018, Donne was found guilty of murder and robbery and jailed for a minimum of 31 years.

Owens and Cairns were acquitted of all charges.

While Jack's family is left to reflect on his memory during emotional scenes.

Emma Williams, niece of Williams, says: "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."

His brother David says: “He was my best friend, he was my confidant. The old saying is you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, and that’s very true. He’s always in my mind and in my heart.”

*Code Blue: Murder, The Murder of John "Jack" Williams, airs tonight on ITV at 9pm

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