This is the dramatic moment fugitive David Grundy, 53, is pinned to the ground by police with his jeans halfway down his legs after being held following a five-day manhunt.
He was pictured facedown on the pavement with his boxer shorts showing after police searched him for weapons before handcuffing him and taking him away.
The 53-year-old, from Bolton, looked bleary-eyed and sunburnt after officers sat him in the stolen car he had been using while waiting for a police van to take him away.
Grundy was arrested in the early hours of a recent Sunday morning at the end of June in Benidorm five days after his British partner was stabbed in the back at their expat home a 45-minute drive south in Orihuela Costa.
He appeared in Orihuela’s Court of Violence against Women the next morning. He was remanded in custody, after being formally charged with the attempted murder of his partner, Nicola Houghton, who remains in Torrevieja hospital.
Grundy was then brought before the High Court of Justice of the Region of Valencia (TSJCV) where the charges were put to him. Although not required to make a plea he was remanded in custody without bail until his case can next be heard, which could be some weeks or months.
Grundy is alleged to have stabbed Ms Houghton in the back following a heated argument and then fled the scene leaving her for dead. She was found lying in a pool of blood by her daughter later in the morning.
Grundy was subsequently arrested in Benidorm earlier last month having been on the run for five days. He was found with almost £5,000 in his pocket with which it is thought he was preparing to flee the country.
A spokesman said that Grundy worked as a taxi driver and a part time gardener for friends. It was in their car that he fled the scene after the alleged attack. He added that there was no previous record of violence and that both had resided for some time in the urbanisation in Campoamor.