The troubled brother of English singer and reality star Cheryl Cole, Andrew Leighton (pictured) was arrested in August 2008 for assaulting a man with CS tear gas. CS gas is used by English police to control riots and is illegal for a member of the public to possess. Leighton, who changed his last name from Tweedy, has already been through the system and was incarcerated previously for six years in connection with a stabbing and four years for mugging a teenager.
In October 2008, Leighton was arrested yet again after breaking into a car and fighting with police. He pleaded guilty to interfering with a motor vehicle and breaching the conditions of his bail. He was fined for that offense. The August assault charge was more problematic because his record made it increasingly likely that he would get jail time.
On March 16, 2009, he pleaded guilty to assault and possession of a prohibited weapon. Surprisingly, in May he received only a two-year suspended sentence. Usually, if an offender keeps out of trouble for the duration of the suspension, the charges are thrown out. By November, however, he was arrested again this time for DUI and driving without a license or insurance. On January 22, 2010, a judge extended his suspended sentence to include an 18-month supervision requirement, a 12-month drug rehabilitation program. Leighton was fined £100 and had his license suspended for 3 years.