Blind driver given suspended sentence

A blind man who drove his car on the wrong side of the road has been given a suspended jail sentence.

31-year-old Omed Aziz was convicted of dangerous driving after police spotted his car on the wrong side of the road in April this year.

He had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing to a charge of dangerous driving, as well as driving with no MOT, no licence and no insurance.

Aziz, who was being directed by another man, was given 12 weeks in prison suspended for a year, banned from driving for three years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

The court was told Iraq-born Aziz was arrested along with a 21-year-man on 23 April after police followed their car along Oldbury Ringway and into West Bromwich Street.

The defendant, who also has just three fingers on his right hand and suffers from leg tremors and is partially deaf, lost his eyes in a bomb blast in Iraq.

He receives £520-a-month in incapacity benefit.

He was also ordered to pay £364 in prosecution costs.


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