MOHINDAR Mehta, whose mum was allegedly axed to death early yesterday morning in Labasa, said he was always worried about her safety.
In an interview with The Fiji Times yesterday, Mr Mehta said the couple had been arguing a lot lately since the accused returned from the United States in March.
"I always hear them from my house arguing a lot of times and I have asked my mother about it but she always tells me 'it's OK'," he said.
Mr Mehta said he hardly spoke to his stepfather and would only approach his mother with his concerns.
"Every time he comes home, he will just spend a month and go back to America.
"He will not stay for more than a month," Mr Mehta said of his stepfather.
"But this time, since coming back in March, he has been around for too long," he said.
"In July he went to Australia for a month and returned last month.
"Ever since he returned, I have been hearing them quarrel all the time."
Mr Mehta said there were days when he would want to go and help his mum while she quarrelled with his stepdad.
"I asked her a few times but I guess she didn't want to burden me," he said.
"I never liked my stepfather.
"He caused my family a lot of problems and I just wished my mother had done something to avoid the tragedy," Mr Mehta said yesterday as he mourned her unfortunate death.
Police investigations are continuing.