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Ben Cousins walks free from jail

Ben Cousins has been freed from prison after two charges against him were dropped. Courtesy: 9News

Former AFL champion Ben Cousins has walked free from prison after two serious charges of stalking and threatening to harm his former partner were dropped and he pleaded guilty to 12 other offences.

The 41-year-old drug addict was recently imprisoned after providing a diluted urine sample for a drug test, which was in breach of his bail conditions.

Cousins had been scheduled to face a trial on September 12 over alleged family violence offences, but in a surprise court appearance on Friday the two most serious charges were discontinued.

He pleaded guilty to the remaining 12 offences of breaching a violence restraining order and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

The sentence was backdated and with time already served he was able to walk free on Saturday.

His lawyer Michael Tudori told said today his client was doing well and was continuing to self-fund his rehabilitation with Whitehaven Clinic.

“For Ben, it’s a long road to recovery,” Mr Tudori said.

The former West Coast captain was arrested at a Canning Vale house in August last year and charged with a string of offences related to his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff.

Cousins previously pleaded guilty to meth possession and trespassing, which was downgraded from a charge of aggravated burglary, stemming from the same arrest, and was fined for those offences.

The Brownlow medallist was released from Acacia prison in January last year, about two months short of his one-year sentence for stalking Ms Tinecheff.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/ben-cousins-former-afl-star-free-after-charges-dropped/28fd324b-2309-4cbd-a6e0-61a5e9450018