‘A fugitive sentenced yesterday for the brutal bashing murder of his 61-year-old partner is continuing to receive welfare benefits while on the run.
Apolonio Serrano, 66, killed his girlfriend with a chair before disposing of her body and lying about her whereabouts.
The killer vanished near the end of his trial for the murder of Milicia Trailovic around Christmas 2003.
When he failed to show up at the Supreme Court, police searched his Hallam home and found his car and clothes missing, his fridge empty and power off.
Prosecutor Raymond Gibson today told the court Serrano is on welfare benefits through Centrelink and the agency have refused to cut the payments off despite requests from police.’