A man who guided a blind man as he drove a car for half a mile around the Black Country was yesterday jailed for nine months.

Dlear Ahmed instructed Omed Aziz as he negotiated the roads around Oldbury.

The 21-year-old Iraqi, a father-of-one, admitted aiding and abetting dangerous driving on April 23 when police stopped a Peugeot 406 car on the Oldbury Ringway.

He is already facing deportation after previously being convicted of a number of offences including two counts of driving whilst disqualified and one of possession of a weapon.

Yesterday, Mr Robert Hodgekinson, prosecuting, said the vehicle had been seen on the wrong side of the road and then swerved back over the white lines.

He said the car came to a stop and officers found Aziz in the driver's seat and Ahmed in the passenger seat.

Ahmed was arrested and it became apparent he had been giving Aziz, who had been blinded in a bomb blast, instructions.

Ahmed, formerly of Andrew Gardens, Handsworth, Birmingham, has been housed at an immigration centre in Kidlington, Oxfordshire. He has officially lodged an appeal against the earlier decision to deport him although in court he cried out to the judge to deport him immediately.

Aziz (31) of Darlaston, was last month convicted of dangerous driving and sentenced to a 12-week suspended prison sentence and a three-year driving ban.

Bizarrely, the magistrates were required by law to order Aziz to take an extended driving test if he ever decides to apply for a driving licence.

They decided to show mercy by suspending his prison sentence - but only after he was ordered from the court in Oldbury, Sandwell, to remove an offensive T-shirt.

The Iraqi, who receives £520 a month in incapacity benefit, was also ordered to pay £364 prosecution costs at his hearing.

Aziz has just three fingers on his right hand, and also suffers from leg tremors and is partially deaf, facts he admitted to police.

Pc Glyn Austin told last month's court hearing that the pair were both arrested shortly after 11pm after their Peugeot was followed along Oldbury Ringway and into West Bromwich Street.

Pc Austin was asked by the bench whether he had noticed anything about Aziz. He replied: "I did - he didn't have any eyes, Your Worships."