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Ben Cousins fined $2000 for VRO breach, drugs

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Ben Cousins was fined for breaching a violence restraining order and drug possession charges. Photo: ABC (file)
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Troubled AFL premiership player Ben Cousins has been fined $2000 plus court costs over breaches of a violence restraining order and drug charges.

The former West Coast Eagles captain appeared in Armadale Magistrates Court in Perth on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to two drug offences and two breaches of a VRO.

But the 38-year-old pleaded not guilty to a separate drug charge dating back to June and a failure to appear in court offence from November for which his lawyer Michael Tudori said he had a medical certificate.

The VRO relates to Cousins’ former partner Maylea Tinecheff, with whom he has two children aged three and five.

The Brownlow medallist breached the VRO in October when he visited his ex-partner’s house and shouted for his children.

Ms Tinecheff allowed Cousins inside for 10 minutes because the children were upset, but he stayed for more than 30 minutes in the front yard before leaving when police were called.

Cousins also called his former partner four times.

An arrest warrant was issued for Cousins after he failed to appear in court last month, claiming he was unwell.

Cousins was then involved in a crash with a truck in the early hours of the following day and was in hospital for two days.

Police found two bags with meth after the crash, the court heard on Tuesday.

Magistrate Stephen Wilson told Cousins he had to stick with his current treatment program and warned a further VRO breach could mean mandatory jail.

Cousins told the magistrate he was seeking help for his drug addiction.

“I’m actually in a better place than I have been for some time,” he said.

Cousins also said despite believing some of the VRO breaches were trivial, he accepted the offence was serious.

“I’m aware now of the severity of breaching the order,” he said.

Mr Tudori said the VRO breaches were all about Cousins wanting to see his children.

Cousins will face court again in January and March.

He did not speak to reporters outside court but there were several supporters cheering for him as he left.

Last week, Cousins conceded he was “really lucky” to be granted bail after being fined $600 for breaching a violence restraining order on December 6.

The drug addict was suspended from the AFL for one year in 2007 for bringing the game into disrepute.

He made a comeback with Richmond before retiring in 2010 and his troubles have continued in the public eye.