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Ben Cousin’s former partner Maylea Tinecheff told judge she couldn’t afford lawyer

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

Cousins after the 2006 AFL Grand Final

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

Cousins has been charged with drug possession and refusing a drug test in 2007, but the charges were later dropped

Cousins has been charged with drug possession and refusing a drug test in 2007, but the charges were later dropped

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

He takes up a community support role with the West Coast Eagles – a requirement of his parole conditions 

– (May): Reports emerge he hasn’t been seen at the club for a month

The club confirms the he told officials in April he no longer wanted the job

– (August) Arrested and charged with drug possession and breaching a  restraining order

Source: AAP 

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