Ben Cousins has been released from jail on Wednesday morning. Ben Cousins has been released from prison just shy of completing his one year sentence for stalking his ex-partner.
The former West Coast Eagles captain was collected from Acacia Prison by his father Bryan on Wednesday morning and returned to the family’s Bicton home.
The 39-year-old was sentenced to 12 months jail in March and fined $2400 for repeated breaches of a violence restraining orderagainst his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff, and two drug related charges.
During his sentencing, the courtheard Cousins hadn’t had regular employment since shortly after his playing career ended in 2010.
His lawyer Michael Tudori said the former Brownlow Medallist had “hit rock bottom” in relation to his addiction, and wanted to seek help so he could continue to see his two young children.
At the timehe confessed to havinga two-gram-a-day methamphetamine habit.
Cousins failed a drug test while in prison, delaying an earlier opportunity for parole.
He was reportedly smiling as he returned to his family’s home on Wednesday morning.
Former Eagle Ben Cousins has been released from jail. (File photo) Photo: Heather McNeill
Ben Cousins:a descent into drug addiction1996:A 17-year-old Ben Cousins debuts for the West Coast Eagles, kicking two goals in his first game. He goes on to win the AFL’s Rising Star award that same year.
1997 – 2006:Cousins is awarded almost every honour during his playing career at the Eagles including a Brownlow Medal in 2005, an AFL premiership the following year, captaincy of the West Coast Eagles from 2001 to 2005 and six All-Australian jumpers.
May 2005:Cousins and teammate Michael Gardiner are interviewed by police after a shootout at a Perth nightclub allegedly involving bikie gangs and John Kizon.No charges are laid against the pair.
September 2005:Cousins wins the Brownlow Medal.
February 2006:Cousinsabandons his car near a Perth booze buswith his then-girlfriend in the passenger’s seat. He runs and then swims across the Swan River to avoid police. Two weeks later, he relinquisheshis captaincy at West Coast.
September 2006:Although no longer captain, Cousins stars in the Eagles’ thrilling one-point win against Sydney in the 2006 grand final and is still considered by many the “spiritual leader” of the club.
December 2006:Cousins is arrested after being found asleep outside Crown Casino in Melbourne.
March 2007:Cousins misses a training session and is suspended by West Coast for the first 15 rounds of the season. Rumours of his drug addiction begin to swirl in the media.
April 2007:Cousins flies to the United States and spends a month at an expensive drug rehabilitation centre. He returns to the club and apologises for his conduct. In his come-back match, Cousins has 38 touches in a blistering performance against Sydney.
October 2007:One of Cousins’ closest friends and former West Coast star, Chris Mainwaring, dies at his Cottesloe home after overdosing on cocaine. Cousins was with him hours before he died.
October 2007:Six months after leaving rehab, a shirtless Cousins is arrested on the side of the road for alleged drug possession after police search his vehicle. A photo of Cousins with his ‘Such is Life’ tattoo inked across his torso is splashed across the media. The charges against him are eventually dropped.
November 2007:Cousins issuspended from the AFL for 12monthsafter being found guilty bringing the game into disrepute and again checks into a U.S based rehabilitation clinic. The league encourages Cousins to address his drug addiction.
October 2008:One of the conditions of Cousins returning to the AFL is that he passes a hair sample test designed to detect if he has taken illicit drugs in the past three months.Cousins shaves his head and waxes his body before the test, and passes.
2009:Following his suspension, the league re-registersCousins and Richmond offers him a football lifeline, recruiting him to the east after he waspassed over during the national draft. He plays for the Tigers for two seasons before retiring from football. He played 270 games during his 15-year playing career.
2010:Cousins releases a two-part documentary into his life titled,Such is Life, and his autobiographyBen Cousins: My Life Story– both providing a candid insight into his personal life, drug addiction and recovery.
2011:Cousins has his first child, Bobby, with his then-partner Maylea Tinecheff.
January 2012:Cousins is again undergoing rehabilitation for his drug addiction issues and is committed to a suburban mental health unit after suffering a drug-induced psychosis.
March 2012:Cousins goes into hiding after being caught by police at anairport trying to smuggle 4.65 grams of methamphetamine, hidden in his anus, into an Esperance-based rehabilitation facility.
April 2012:Cousins is pulled over by police in North Beach and arrested after they discover cannabis and a meth pipe in his car.He pleads guilty and is fined less than $1000 for the March and April incidents.
June 2013:Cousins and his then-partner Ms Tinecheff welcome their second child, a daughter.
March 2015:Cousins leads police on a nine kilometre’slow speed chase’through the streets of Perth and is charged with three driving-related offences. He later pleadsguilty and is fined $2679.
March 2015:Cousinsscales two fences at the headquarters of Australia’s elite SAS regiment in Swanbourneand is taken to hospital for a mental health assessment.
March 2015:Cousins is detained by police after driving erraticallyand then scaling roofs in Canning Vale to avoid police. He later pleads guilty and is fined $800 for trespassing and property damage.
Mid-2015:Cousins moves to Collie to take up afencing job.
May 2016:Cousins’ former partner MsTinecheff takes out a violence restraining order against him.
June 2016:Cousins is discharged from hospital after being found by police’directing traffic’ on Canning Highwaywhile in a dazed state. He misses the Eagles’ 10 year anniversary for its 2006 Premiership which took place thesame week.
October 2016:Cousins isarrested in Canning Vale house andchargedwith breaching a violence restraining order and drug possession.
November 2016:Cousins is involved in a late night car crash with a truck hours after failing to attend an Armadale court hearing in relation to his October charges. He had earlier toldthecourt, through his lawyer, he was unwell.Police charge him with possessing methamphetamine and breaching bail while Cousins is in hospital recovering from minor injuries.
December 2016:Cousins avoids jail and is fined $600 and then $2000 forbreaches ofthe VRO taken out by his former partner and drug charges.The court hears Cousins is seeking counselling to try and beat his drug habitand has no permanent home.
February 2017:Cousins is arrested again, this time for aggravated stalking, breaching his VRO and drug possession. Most of the charges relate to Cousins trying to see his two young children, his lawyer says.His bail is denied and he goes on to spend more than a month behind bars.
March 2017:Cousins pleads guilty to 11 charges and is due to be sentenced in the Perth Magistrates Court on March 28. His lawyer pushes for Cousins to be able to complete a residential rehabilitation program, with the fallen star”happy and willing”to seek treatment. He is sentenced to 12 months jail, eligible for parole after six months.
August 2017:Cousins fails a drug test in prison and is denied parole.
January 2018:Cousins is released from prison.
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