Ben Cousins ‘close to resolving’ WA court case

Bryan Cousins was in court this morning to support his son. Picture: Anton La Macchia
Bryan Cousins was in court this morning to support his son. Picture: Anton La Macchia

Fallen AFL champion Ben Cousins has been supported in a Perth court by his father as negotiations continue over 18 charges stemming from his arrest last year for alleged family violence and drugs.

The 40-year-old drug addict was arrested at a Canning Vale house in August and has been charged with offences including aggravated burglary and aggravated stalking.

Cousins appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Hakea prison and had his case adjourned until February 20.

“We are very close to resolving all his charges in some way,” lawyer Michael Tudori said.

Ben Cousins’ lawyer Michael Tudori has told a Perth court the 18 charges against the former AFL player are close to being resolved. Picture: Anton La Macchia

The court previously heard the former West Coast captain allegedly threatened his ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff, who has a violence restraining order against him.

“I’m going to kill you. I’m going to take your life and your freedom and the things you love the most,” he allegedly told her.

Cousins also allegedly said he was going to bury her alive in her car, then bring their children to play on the site.

The premiership player spoke on Thursday only to say “thank you” to Chief Magistrate Steven Heath at the end of proceedings.

Cousins was remanded in custody to appear back in court on February 20.

The Brownlow medallist was released from Acacia prison in January last year, about two months short of his one-year sentence for stalking Ms Tinecheff.

He has been behind bars since August pending the outcome of these latest charges.