Nemesio Antonio Pisonero, who is serving a prison sentence in Ourense for murdering his wife and son in 1998, has been drawing a widower's pension for the past 13 years. This is the second case of this kind that has come to light over the past few days.
After reading about the case in various newspapers, the Prison Authorities in Ourense have confirmed that this is in fact the case, but have added that they have no access to the prisoner's accounts or any authority over them.
Pisonero has been receiving in excess of 800 euros per month from the Ministry of Economy for the past 13 years, as this is the organ responsible for paying the pensions of civil servants who belong to the state's pension fund - Mutualidad de Funcionarios del Estado (MUFACE) - which Pisonero had paid into.
Since March last year, the prisoner has been receiving the maximum legal pension, some 2,400 euros per month, which includes his own pension and that of his murdered wife.
Nemesio Antonio Pisonero was sentenced to 26 years in jail for killing his wife and son on March 25th 1998 in what was their family home in Laguna de Duro (Valladolid). Both his wife and son died after receiving being shot a number of times wit a 22 calibre gun.
In a similar case, Llorenç Morell, who was sentenced to 18 years in 2005 for murdering his wife in Sils (Girona), has been drawing a widower's pension of almost 600 euros a month since July 2005 because of a Social Security administrative error.
The Law against Domestic Violence prevents assassins inheriting from their spouses or drawing widower or widow's pensions. Social Security sources have said they will revise and rectify these cases "immediately".
(In the picture, masked women protest against domestic violence)