Ben Cousins Cops Fine For VRO Breach
Troubled AFL premiership player Ben Cousins has been fined $600 after admitting he breached a violence restraining order and will be released on bail until his next court appearance.
The VRO relates to Cousins' former partner Maylea Tinecheff, with whom he has two children, aged three and five.
He is only allowed to communicate with Ms Tinecheff via text message about parenting issues but police saw him come within 10 metres of her on Tuesday.
Cousins, 38, claimed his former partner approached him when he went to her house to drop off a hire car and his children ran out to see him at a nearby park.
But police said the children ran out when their mother opened the door and Cousins took them to the park so she called police and went to collect her children.
The former captain of the West Coast Eagles was arrested in Canning Vale on Tuesday evening, represented himself in Armadale Magistrates Court on Wednesday and appeared again on Thursday with lawyer Aidan Kraus.
Mr Kraus described the incident as a minor breach but said his client fully understood its seriousness.
The police prosecutor sought to have Cousins' bail reconsidered but Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins agreed with Mr Kraus the matter should be dealt with by Cousins' senior lawyer Michael Tudori at his court appearance next week on separate VRO and drug charges.
Ms Hawkins said given Cousins had spent two nights in custody, a fine of $600 plus $98.50 in costs was appropriate for this VRO breach.
Ms Hawkins said Cousins had been foolish.
"I'm trusting that you've learned your lesson," she said.
Cousins' other alleged VRO breach happened in October when he visited his ex-partner's house and shouted for his children.
Police allege on that occasion Ms Tinecheff allowed Cousins inside because the children were upset then let him stay for 10 minutes.
Cousins overstayed his welcome for more than 30 minutes in the front yard with the children so she called police but he left before they arrived, police say.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
Last month, an arrest warrant was issued for Cousins after he failed to appear in court on the original VRO and drug charges, claiming he was unwell.
He was then involved in a crash with a truck in the early hours of the next day and police allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine in his wallet.
The Brownlow medallist and drug abuser was suspended from the AFL for one year in 2007 for bringing the game into disrepute.
He made a comeback with Richmond before retiring in 2010 and his troubles have continued under the glare of the public.
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