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Ben Cousins Sentenced To 12 Months Behind Bars

Former AFL champion Ben Cousins has been sentenced to 12 months behind bars.

The sentence comes after he had pleaded guilty to a string of offences, including aggravated stalking, violence restraining order breaches, drug related charges and driving without a licence.

On Monday, the AFL Players' Association had offered to partly fund Cousins' rehabilitation if he avoided a jail term.

The West Coast Eagles also offered him a job if he could get clean.

The court, however, denied Cousins a voluntary rehabilitation program, instead sentencing him to 12 months’ jail and a $2400 fine.

The magistrate said that Cousins had been "persistent, sustained and intended" in breaching a violence restraining order taken out by his ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff, “bombarding” her with thousands of calls and texts since October, contacting her on one occasion 103 times in one day.


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