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Jail, No Bail For Cousins Over Alleged VRO Breach

Troubled former AFL star Ben Cousins will spend a second night behind bars after he was denied bail over an alleged violence restraining order breach.

The Magistrate reserved her decision until she spoke to Cousins’ former partner, who had taken out the VRO. 

Cousins represented himself in Armadale Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with one count of breaching a VRO on Tuesday night in Canning Vale, in Perth’s south-east.

The 38-year-old was reportedly calm during the court appearance.

According to Nine News Perth reporter Renae Henry, he told the court he hadn’t done anything wrong.

She told Radio 6PR Cousins said police were called after he dropped a vehicle at his ex-partner, and mother of his two children, Maylea Tinecheff’s home for the family to use, before he walked to a nearby park when his children ran out to see him.  

"He claims that he was playing with [his children] in the park, that his ex-partner has then come out to join them in the park, and he claims it was her fault for approaching him and coming within 10 metres of him," Ms Henry said.

"He tried to put forward it wasn't his fault, that he was just spending time with his children that ran out to be with him and it was her that approached him."

The Magistrate warned Cousins the allegations were serious and said she needed to hear Cousins' former partner's version of events before deciding whether to grant bail.

After the Magistrate delayed Cousins' bail application, he reportedly yelled out a comment expressing his dissatisfaction with police, before being taken back into custody. 

Cousins is now facing six charges for three separate incidents in the past two months.

It was only about two weeks ago he was released from Royal Perth Hospital suffering minor injuries from a late-night car crash. 

That incident occurred just hours after Cousins failed to show for a court appearance on November 22 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

Police alleged he was in possession of methamphetamine at the time of the crash. 

In October, he was charged for methamphetamine possession and two charges of breaching a violence restraining order.

He is scheduled to appear in court for his remaining charges, excluding this latest charge, on December 13. 

In July, Cousins was found directing traffic on a busy Perth highway in a disoriented state and was taken to hospital.

Cousins has had drug issues throughout his career and after it ended in 2010.

Fairfax

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