A Hester resident whose property was damaged in last month’s devastating bushfire has had his court sentencing adjourned to give him more time to clear burnt debris before he has his license suspended again. Phillip John Freeman indicated a guilty plea of driving without a license in Manjimup Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, because he failed to reapply for his license after having it suspended. The charge carries a minimum sentence of a $1000 fine and a nine-month disqualification, but Magistrate Benjamin Tyres adjourned the matter for a week after Mr Freeman said losing his license again “would be crippling for me”. “I have done 90 to trips to the tip with burnt debris and I probably have another 90 to do,” he said. The compassionate move means Mr Freeman will reappear on March 24, when he is expected to receive the minimum sentence plus costs. “I am going to do you a favour to get some things done in this difficult time,” Mag. Tyres said. A remorseful Mr Freeman claimed it was a miscommunication which led to him not reapplying and said he was now licensed to drive again. “It was a matter of communication. I was informed there was nothing I needed to do — until I was pulled up,” he told the court. “I had no recollection of receiving a notice.” The blaze near Bridgetown was one four burning concurrently in Western Australia last month during a drastic Statewide bushfire emergency. Authorities have since confirmed the fire, which wiped out 2206ha, was caused by a 30m tree falling on a power line. Western Power said the power line was on a farm at Hester, about 9km northeast of Bridgetown, though the landowner was not at fault. The blaze also destroyed infrastructure and equipment at Bridgetown’s Shire depot and waste facility, while hundreds of tonnes of treated timber went up in flames at a Hester timber treatment business. That led to the detection of high levels of arsenic and other toxins in the area, with Hester and Bridgetown residents told not to return to their homes while hazardous material workers removed toxic piles of ash and dust.