Fallen AFL star Ben Cousins fined for trespassing

Ben Cousins. Photo: AAP
Ben Cousins. Photo: AAP

FALLEN AFL champion Ben Cousins has admitted trespassing at his ex-partner’s home in Perth and been fined $800.

The 40-year-old drug addict was arrested at a Canning Vale house in August and charged with 18 offences, including meth possession for which he was previously fined $1750 plus court costs.

Cousins appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday via video link from Hakea Prison where he pleaded guilty to trespassing and was ordered to pay court costs of $205.30.

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The former West Coast captain’s ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff suspected Cousins was under the influence of drugs when he came to the house with another woman and ignored requests for him to leave, the court heard.

Cousins took his two children, aged five and six, to the shops and Ms Tinecheff later picked them up.

Defence counsel Michael Tudori said Ms Tinecheff had been happy to have Cousins there a couple of days before the incident.

Chief Magistrate Steven Heath warned Cousins he had to stay away from the house when he did not have permission to be there.

Cousins will stand trial in September for his remaining 14 charges stemming from his arrest including stalking, threatening to harm and repeatedly breaching a violence restraining order.

The Brownlow medallist has been behind bars since his arrest in August but Mr Tudori has flagged reapplying for bail.

Cousins was released from Acacia prison in January last year, about two months shy of his one-year sentence for stalking Ms Tinecheff.

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