A drink driver who pleaded guilty from his sick bed was still too poorly to attend court, the magistrates heard.

Lee Dixon, 39, of Dashwood Road, Oxford, was due before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (October 18) to be sentenced for drink driving and racially-aggravated harassment.

But the justices were told that Dixon was still too unwell to attend. His solicitor, Paul Cantrill, said his absent client had been diagnosed with an uncomfortable condition that left him with swollen testicles and aggravated his arthritis.

Explaining the extent of his client’s ill-health, Mr Cantrill said: “He pleaded guilty from his bed to these two charges. He hasn’t been fit to attend court, but he was able to make an appearance from his bed to get these pleas [entered].”

The magistrates said they would ‘reluctantly’ agree to adjourn the case until November 16.

Prosecutors say Dixon was responsible for using racially-aggravated disorderly behaviour in Thame on June 14 last year.

Five months later, on December 1 last year, he was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Crossland on Sir Frank William Avenue when blood tests showed he was twice the drink-drive limit.

Jaimini Renuka appeared for the Crown Prosecution Service.