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.