The former partner of fallen AFL premiership player Ben Cousins has avoided seeing him or his family after she failed to appear in court over drug driving charges.
Maylea Tinecheff was due to face Perth’s Armadale Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday in the same courtroom where Cousins had earlier appeared via video link on 16 charges, including aggravated burglary, aggravated stalking and possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply.
In a letter sent to the court, Tinecheff requested her case be adjourned in her absence because her children were unwell, Perth Now reported.
‘I am struggling myself,’ Ms Tinecheff wrote in the note.
Maylea Tinecheff (right) was a no show in court on Tuesday where her former partner Ben Cousins (left) has earlier appeared via video link on 16 offences
On August 24, Tinecheff was driving in a luxury BMW with her two children, aged four and six, in the back seat when she was stopped for a roadside breath test in Canning Vale, south of Perth, and allegedly tested positive for illicit drugs.
Following analysis of the reading at WA ChemCentre, Tinecheff was later charged with no authority to drive and driving under the influence of a prescribed illicit drug.
Magistrate Andrew Maughan adjourned the case until November 20, when Ms Tinecheff is expected to make a plea.
Drivers who test positive to drug driving face a maximum fine of between $900 and $2500 and a 10-month disqualification for a first offender in Western Australia.
Maylea Tinecheff (pictured) had her drug driving charges adjourned until November 20
Her former partner Ben Cousins (pictured) appeared in the same Perth courtroom via video link earlier in the day
Tinecheff was fined $300 earlier this year after she pleaded guilty to possessing drug paraphernalia with a prohibited drug or plant in or on it.
Earlier on Tuesday, Cousins was supported by family during his second court appearance following allegations he threatened to bury Ms Tinecheff alive and take their two children to play on the site.
The 40-year-old drug addict was arrested on August 21 during a disturbance at a Canning Vale house, and was later allegedly found with 13 grams of methylamphetamine hidden in his rectum.
Cousins appeared in Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday via video link from Hakea prison.
AFL premiership player Ben Cousins has been supported by family during his second appearance in a Perth court (file picture)
The 40-year-old drug addict was arrested on August 21 during a disturbance at a Canning Vale house and was later allegedly found with drugs (pictured in 2016)
He looked healthy, wearing prison greens and sporting a neat beard with his hair tied up.
Cousins’ mother and grandmother were in court to support him, while his father waited outside.
The former West Coast captain faces a total of 16 offences including aggravated burglary, aggravated stalking and possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply.
Most charges, some of which date back to August 8, relate to Cousins allegedly repeatedly breaching a violence restraining order taken out by his ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff.
Lawyer Michael Tudori said the drug court might end up dealing with some offences and negotiations were taking place.
Magistrate Andrew Maughan adjourned the case to December 19 in Perth Magistrates Court.
The Brownlow medallist was released from Acacia prison in January about two months shy of his one-year sentence for stalking Ms Tinecheff (pictured earlier this year)
He listed the two indictable offences – an aggravated burglary and a drug charge – as committal mentions, and the others as mentions only.
Cousins barely spoke during proceedings, in contrast to his lengthy rant during his previous appearance, and was remanded in custody.
The court previously heard that on one occasion, Cousins sat in a car with Tinecheff while holding a screwdriver and said: ‘I can’t wait to use it.’
He later allegedly threatened: ‘I’m going to kill you. I’m going to take your life and your freedom and the things you love the most.’
The court heard Cousins also allegedly said he was going to bury her car ‘where she would survive for a couple of days, then he would bring the kids to play so she would hear them but would not be able to get to them’.
The Brownlow medallist was released from Acacia prison in January about two months shy of his one-year sentence for stalking Ms Tinecheff.
He worked part-time at West Coast but left earlier this year.
He worked part-time at West Coast after being released from prison but left earlier this year (pictured in his playing days at the Richmond Tigers)
THE TROUBLED LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN COUSINS:
1996 – Makes AFL debut with West Coast and is named the league’s Rising Star
2001 – Named club captain of West Coast at age 23
2002 – Breaks his arm falling down a flight of stairs at a nightclub months after punching his teammate Daniel Kerr
2005 – (May) Is quizzed by police about association with underworld identities
– (September) Wins Brownlow medal as the AFL’s best and fairest player
2006 – (February) Swims across a Perth river to escape a booze bus
– (September) Wins AFL premiership with the Eagles
– (December) Is arrested after passing out in front of Melbourne’s Crown Casino and spends four hours in jail
2007 – (March) Suspended by West Coast after missing training session
– (April) Goes to a drug rehabilitation facility in the US
– (October) Revealed to have visited fellow Eagles legend Chris Mainwaring twice on the night he died of a drug overdose
– (October) Arrested and charged with drug offences that are later dropped
– (November) Eventually sacked by West Coast and banned from the AFL for one year
2008 – AFL re-registers Cousins and he is signed by Richmond
2010 – Retires from the AFL but releases autobiography and documentary
2015 – Arrested three times before leading police on a slow-speed car chase
2016 – (June) Spotted behaving erratically and directing traffic on a highway
– (October) In and out of court over drug offences and breaches a restraining order taken out by his ex-partner
2017 – Jailed for one year for breaching restraining order by calling his ex-lover thousands of times
2018 – (January) Released from jail on parole just 10 months into his sentence
– (August) Arrested and charged with drug possession, and breaching restraining order
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