Ben Cousins released from Acacia Prison, offered part-time job with West Coast Eagles

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

FALLEN AFL premiership player Ben Cousins has been released from prison 10 months into his one-year sentence for stalking and repeatedly breaching a restraining order taken out by his ex-partner.

The 39-year-old Brownlow medallist was jailed last March for causing “ongoing terror” to Maylea Tinecheff, with whom he has two young children.

Cousins, who has struggled with drug addiction, was picked up by his father Bryan from Acacia Prison on Wednesday morning and taken to the family home in Bicton.

And his former club the West Coast Eagles said in a media statement on Wednesday afternoon their former skipper had been offered a job with the club.

“(Ben) has been offered part-time employment by the club, working with our Community and Game Development department, which we believe will have mutual benefits for both parties,” the release said.

The Prisoners Review Board determined on Monday that releasing him “would not present an unacceptable risk to the safety of the community”.

The board took into consideration Cousins’ improved prison conduct, participation in voluntary programs and counselling and a commitment to attend ongoing psychological counselling.

“(It) demonstrates a motivation and willingness to address your offending behaviour,” the board said.

Cousins’ parole plan includes having suitable accommodation, confirmed employment and support from peers and family.

“The conditions of parole will further reduce the risk to the safety of the community,” the board said.

Cousins’ parole order requires him to comply with the VRO and not have any contact with Ms Tinecheff.

He must also undergo random urinalysis, attend programs and counselling, immediately find work or training and not change his address without approval.

The violence restraining order breaches for which he was jailed stemmed from Cousins visiting his children’s school and church and calling Ms Tinecheff.

The Brownlow medallist called her more than 2000 times between October 2016 and February 2017.

In one month, he contacted her 542 times, including 103 times in one day.

When Cousins was arrested, police found eight grams of methamphetamine, which his lawyer Michael Tudori told the court at the time would only last four days.

Cousins, 39, was fined $2400 for drug possession and driving without a licence.

During his time behind bars, he was involved in a minor scuffle but not injured.

He also failed a drug test, which delayed an earlier opportunity for parole in August, as he had to complete rehabilitation courses.

During a separate sentencing in September, a magistrate told Cousins he was lucky not to have killed or seriously injured someone when he smashed his car head-on into a truck while high on methamphetamine in November 2016.

For that incident, he was fined $1200, ordered to pay $2295 in chemical analysis fees and had his driver’s licence disqualified for 12 months.

Cousins would live with his parents when he was released, Mr Tudori said.

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