THE mother of the man who rented the house in the "Tenant from hell living in squalor" story in yesterday's NewsMail has spoken out about her son and is seeking help.
The woman whose identity the NewsMail decided to keep anonymous said she was now terrified of her son and believed he is on the drug ice.
She said when her son and his partner, who is pregnant, moved to the property about a year ago and it was kept spotless and there was no issue until about five months ago when her son started to use drugs.
"He told me he was on ice and showed me the sharps, pipes and the ice," she said.
"In this short period of time he moved from smoking it to what I believe injecting it.
"He believed he was only addicted to the pipe and not the ice which was his excuse for changing - he has also become very paranoid."
The mother-of-two said she feels a responsibility to the landlord to do the right thing and go to the property and clean the mess her son had left behind.
"My son blames me - he says I'm the reason why he started drugs," she said.
"I know his partner is mentally exhausted and is now 18 week pregnant."
"I'm now terrified of him, scared for myself, my daughter and my dad (his grandfather) and his partner."
She said her son had become so delusional by the drug and was paranoid there was animals under his skin.
"He was so paranoid from the ice he kept asking me to get the worms out of his teeth and head," she said.
"He has become very fidgety, always scratching and has sores all over his arms and head."
The woman said her son had lost a lot of weight from the drug use and not eating.
"He doesn't eat at all, he is bones and just drinks coke now," she said.
"The drugs have changed him and I don't know how to get him help."
The mother said she saw the article in the paper and spoke to the landlord and has organised to do everything she can.
"I'm trying to do what I can and if there is anyone who can assist please help me," she said.
"I'm not coping well, I'm exhausted and I feel responsible and I just have to do it because I can't leave it like it is."