London, Jan. 13 (ANI): Mo Farah's brother has revealed that he spent time in jail after he was arrested during the London riots in 2011.
In a stark contrast to the life of twin Olympic gold medallist Mo, younger brother Omar, 20, has had to live in a hostel when he was homeless and had no money.
Omar, who admits that he regularly smokes cannabis, said that Mo stood by him when he was in a young offenders unit and is now helping him to rebuild his life, the Mirror reported.
He said that Mo's gold success at London 2012 has inspired him to stay out of trouble with the police.
While the 29-year-old sportsperson was training for Olympics, Omar was mixing with people, who he now feels were a bad influence.
He was caught up in the riots when thousands of people looted shops, set fire to buildings and attacked police and members of the public across the UK.
He was arrested and charged with using or threatening violence to others during the disturbances in August 2011 near his family home in Brentford, West London.
Omar appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody at Feltham Young Offender Institution.
He revealed that his famous brother gave him his full support while he was locked up. But they decided between themselves that his relationship with Mo had to remain secret over fears for his safety in the tough unit.
Omar was cleared of the charges after four weeks inside. But when he was released from Feltham he found himself homeless and was forced to live in a hostel in Shepherds Bush in West London where he had to share a room with up to 30 people down on their luck. (ANI)