A Birmingham man who caused life changing injuries to a motorcyclist on a north Shropshire road has avoided jail.

Rauhan Aziz, aged 25, was found guilty of the offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on August 10 following a trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

The collision had occurred on September 9, 2018 on the A41 Hinstock bypass.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, September 10, Aziz was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to obey a curfew at his home address for six months, monitored by an electronic tag.

At the trial, the court has been told how Aziz had attempted an 'effectively blind' overtaking manoeuvre when attempting to get past a caravan on the bypass, which had indicated to turn right.

Aziz pulled out into the path of oncoming traffic, crashing into motorcyclist Peter Welch, causing him severe injuries.

Mr Welch was airlifted to hospital where he underwent multiple operations having suffered horrific injuries, including three breaks to his spine, two broken legs, a broken pelvis and a severe fracture to his right arm.

As a result of the incident, the 57-year-old victim had to move in with his elderly parents.

The court was told he had been about to take up a new job as a health and safety manager, which would have changed his life significantly for the better.

But instead he was "deprived of his dignity" and his independence.

"Motorcycling was a huge part of my life which has now ended," he said in a victim impact statement.

"I'm bitter towards Mr Aziz. He's the one who has caused these injuries but he tried to blame me. He has never apologised to me."

Sentencing, Judge Peter Barrie said Aziz had made a "crazy decision" to overtake on the day, and he absolved the victim of any responsibility for the crash.

"You are a sensible and intelligent young man, and it baffles me that you cannot understand that what you did was highly dangerous," he told Aziz.

"In your evidence you told the jury that you had a clear view of the road ahead but I do not accept that.

"It was a highly dangerous thing to do.

"The consequence of that for Mr Welch was that he has had catastrophic life changing consequences for him.

"You made a crazy decision to overtake and we have seen the consequences that it had."

The victim, who had appeared by video link to give a statement, shook his head when he learned that Aziz was set to avoid jail.

Aziz, of Hall Green, Birmingham was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to retake his test. He was ordered to pay costs of £1,000.