Former AFL footballer Ben Cousins is facing new charges related to drugs and family violence. The 38-year-old was arrested at a home in Melville, Perth last night.
It has also been reported that the police have found methylamphetamine during a search of his car. When the authorities also searched his residence at Bicton, they found a smoking utensil and more methylamphetamine, various media reports say.
Cousins has been charged with seven counts of breaching a violence restraining order (VRO), possessing drugs, aggravated stalking and driving without a license. He will be at the Armadale Magistrates Court today.
He was also fined $2600 in December for drug offenses and breaching a VRO by his former partner Maylea Tinecheff. The two have two young children together.
The Magistrate Stephen Wilson has already told the former West Coast Eagles captain and Brownlow medalist about the importance of sticking to his treatment. Cousins has also been warned about breaching the VRO, which would lead to a prison sentence, the Herald Sun adds.
The last time Cousins was in court was in January. He will also face another meth possession charge, which will occur during a three-hour trial this June. During the interviews, the former AFL player said that he was doing well.
The AFL supported Cousins through his drug problem and pledged a fund for drug rehabilitation. AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan was also reported to have told Cousins’ father that they would assist in the finance of an anti-drug program or rehab facility to help Cousins.
Cousins used to be one of the highest paid players in the AFL. However, his battle with drugs left him almost penniless, the ABC states. According to reports, Cousins was living out of a backpack in December.
According to journalist Mike Sheahan, Cousins is one of the top 50 players of all time. He has won several awards during his twelve years with the West Coast. These include a Brownlow Medal, Most Valuable Player and a premiership medallion, his Wikipedia page writes.
Cousins has also been selected in the All-Australian Team six times. He also represented the country during the International Rules Series. In 2012, Cousins was arrested by the authorities at the Esperance Airport. The police charged him with possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply but he was released on bail.
Later that year, he was once again arrested in Western Australia for possessing cannabis and smoking implement. Also in Bicton, the AFL player was arrested after a slow-speed car chase with the police.