An elderly woman was seeking a protection order and to evict her rowdy 32-year-old son from her Sakubva house as she could no longer stomach his bed-wetting and insults.
Gogo Thanks Murova told the court that whenever Caleb Murova gets drunk, he becomes violent and threatens to assault her.
“Whenever he is drunk, he shouts obscenities at me and threatens to kill me in my sleep. I am always in fear as I do not know what will happen to me overnight. His siblings have since moved out because of his uncouth behaviour.
“To make matters worse Your Worship, my son wets his bed whenever he is drunk. Then he leaves in the morning without taking out his blankets to dry,” complained Gogo Murova, adding that she is the one who airs the blankets.
She went on to reveal that Caleb’s three previous marriages collapsed due to his bed-wetting, coupled with his rowdy behaviour.
“He has had three failed marriages because of his bed-wetting. Besides, no woman can stay with such a character. I have only tolerated him this far because I am his mother,” she said.
The troubled elderly woman pleaded for a protection order against her own son.
Caleb, who was looking tipsy when he appeared in court last week, broke down in tears and begged his mother to forgive him and give him another chance.
He also promised to air his wet blankets.
Gogo Murova was moved by her son’s pleas and ended up withdrawing her application for the eviction order.
She was, however, granted a protection order against Caleb.
The pair appeared before Mutare magistrate, Mr Lazarus Murendo.
Mr Murendo ordered Caled to stop harassing, intimidating, threatening, insulting or assaulting his mother.
“Dilute your alcohol or stop drinking because it is very evident that you cannot control yourself when drunk. You are a major and should not be staying with your mother, but she loves and still houses you. Respect her or else you will surely end up in jail,” said Mr Murendo.
Bedwetting or nocturnal (nighttime) enuresis is the loss of bladder control during the night.
lt is a standard developmental stage for some children. However, it can be a symptom of an underlying illness in adults and may require treatment.
About 2 percent of adults experience bedwetting, which can be attributed to a variety of causes, including physical or psychological conditions such as a small bladder size, a urinary tract infection, stress, fear, insecurity and prostate gland enlargement, among other issues.