A DYING Culcairn man facing sentence for his seventh drink- driving offence has retained his licence to attend medical appointments in Albury.
Leslie Robert Bloomfield appeared in Holbrook Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to a low-range drink-driving matter.
But his solicitor, Travis Johnson, said Bloomfield was dying from cirrhosis of the liver and had only months to live.
Bloomfield has to attend Albury twice weekly to have fluid drained from him, which takes three to four hours.
Magistrate Tony Murray deferred sentencing on the matter until December 4.
Bloomfield, who receives disability benefits, does not have to attend on that date if he is legally represented.
Mr Murray said he did not want to sound callous, but if Bloomfield was still alive then the case would probably be adjourned until February.
Bloomfield, 53, of Wattle Street, was seen by police driving in King Street at Culcairn about 2.15pm on August 2.
He was stopped and given a roadside breath test.
It was a positive reading and a subsequent breath analysis provided a blood alcohol level of 0.054.
Bloomfield said he had five cans of beer with a meal.
“His record does not assist him,” Mr Johnson said.
He said Bloomfield’s first drink-driving offence was in 1979 and his most recent offence was in 2004.
Bloomfield spent 10 years in the Army and 15 years as a shearer.