A prison van believed to be transporting former West Coast Eagles player Ben Cousins leaves the Armadale Magistrates Court, Perth on Friday. Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP
A prison van believed to be transporting former West Coast Eagles player Ben Cousins leaves the Armadale Magistrates Court, Perth on Friday. Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP

Ben Cousins fined for possessing meth

FALLEN AFL champion Ben Cousins has been fined $1750 for possessing methamphetamine when arrested last year and could stand trial over alleged family violence offences if negotiations stall.

The 40-year-old drug addict was arrested at a Canning Vale house in August and charged with 18 offences including aggravated stalking and possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply.

But defence lawyer Michael Tudori told Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday one of the three drug charges had been downgraded to match the other two possession charges following negotiations.

About 13g of meth was found in Cousins' anus, and some was also found in a capsule, clip seal bags and syringes.

Mr Tudori said Cousins' usage was so high that the amount of drugs would have lasted him only three or four days and there was no intention to sell or supply the drugs.

"The more you take, the less effect it has," Mr Tudori said.

But he said his client was looking cleaner and healthier compared to when he was arrested and went on a rant in court as he unsuccessfully tried to apply for bail.

Chief Magistrate Steven Heath said Cousins' record clearly indicated his drug use and the problems that came with it were the result of addiction.

"It's a hard road and only one that you can go down when you're ready," he said.

The former West Coast captain, who appeared in court via video link from prison, was fined $1750 and ordered to pay costs of $312.80.

Ben Cousins and Chris Judd celebrate the West Coast Eagles' 2006 premiership.
Ben Cousins and Chris Judd celebrate the West Coast Eagles' 2006 premiership.

Cousins also had a charge of aggravated burglary downgraded to trespassing. He is expected to plead guilty on March 6.

The remaining stalking and family violence charges, which are the most serious, have been sent back to Armadale Magistrates Court and will be addressed on March 5.

Mr Tudori flagged Cousins could face a trial but said he was hopeful of a resolution.

The court previously heard Cousins allegedly threatened his ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff, who had a violence restraining order against him.

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

Cousins has been behind bars since his arrest in August.

Outside court, Mr Tudori, who has represented Cousins for a long time, said he believed the premiership player wanted to become drug-free.

"His mindset at the moment is very good. He wants to address his problems," Mr Tudori told reporters.

"This is probably the clearest I've seen him - he's the one that's approaching me about rehabilitation.

"His predicament at the moment precludes him from going to a lot of rehabilitation places."

News Corp Australia


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