Son-in-law ‘knew it was mom and not wife in bed’

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BLOEM­FONTEIN — It seems no one will ever know the ex­act de­tails of what hap­pened in the early hours of the morn­ing when a man was caught with his pants down in bed with his mother-in-law.

They were both so ine­bri­ated that nei­ther can re­mem­ber how they ended up in bed to­gether, Netwerk24 re­ported.

The son-in-law was charged with sex­ual as­sault af­ter the in­ci­dent, but the charges were with­drawn in the Bloem­fontein Re­gional Court on Mon­day af­ter they reached a set­tle­ment.

Ear­lier, he said he thought he was in bed with his wife, 22.

In the set­tle­ment agree­ment the son-in-law, 31, states: “I am sorry. We were all un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. I can­not re­mem­ber what hap­pened, but I am re­gret­ful and sorry. I beg my mother-in-law’s for­give­ness.”

The mother-in-law, 50, states: “I can’t re­mem­ber what hap­pened. We are fam­ily and I am will­ing to for­give him. I don’t want him to be pros­e­cuted. I just want him to be rep­ri­manded.”

The agree­ment in­cludes a warn­ing to the man that he will be pros­e­cuted if he ever commits a sim­i­lar of­fence. Netwerk24 spoke to the mother-in-law on Tues­day. “I can’t be an­gry with him be­cause I don’t know what he did,” she said.

These things hap­pen, but she has cut down on drink­ing any­way, she said.

She still has a “Sa­van­natjie” or a small glass of wine now and then, “but I don’t drink my­self sense­less any­more”.

She said she has asked God to open up her mem­ory of the night of Fe­bru­ary 5, but it hasn’t hap­pened yet.

She told Netwerk24 that on the night of the in­ci­dent the fam­ily had a pleas­ant evening around the fire at her home in Uit­sig.

Later, she went to bed in the spare room as her daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter were sleep­ing in her bed­room.

She says her son-in-law knew it was her in that bed and not her daugh­ter when he got in.

Just be­fore daybreak his wife found him on his knees in bed with the sleep­ing mother-in-law and asked him what he was do­ing.

“I thought it was you!” he al­legedly said and jumped out of bed.

The cou­ple is now di­vorced. — News24

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