Fallen AFL Champion Ben Cousins was prevented from seeing his children over Easter because his drug use was “completely out of control” and his ex-partner even moved without telling him, a court in Perth heard .
Cousins incarcerated in WA Hakea Prison since his bail was turned down in April are facing trial in Armadale Magistrates Court for violating an order restricting violence on multiple occasions and once for aggravated stalking.
The court previously heard the charges relate to Cousins ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff, whom he allegedly contacted over 100 phone calls and text messages between April 2 and April 15.
Ms. Tinecheff testified on Wednesday that she was in a relationship with cousins (42) from 2008 to 2013. After that, they continued to be in contact because they share two children, ages seven and nine.“Sometimes it was okay and sometimes it wasn’t very good,” she said.
“Ben’s demeanor and state of mind had changed dramatically.
“Our problems were that he didn’t back off, keep calling, or hang around the house all the time … without taking no for an answer.”
Ms. Tinecheff said cousins came into the house “relentless” and drug addicts, causing them to move without his knowledge.
“So he didn’t have to go to jail, we moved without him knowing,” she said.
Ms. Tinecheff also said she received many text messages and was riddled with phone calls from the former West Coast Eagles captain and prime minister.
His messages included, “What’s the plan?” “Can I speak to you now?” And said he couldn’t wait to see his children.
But Ms. Tinecheff said she responded to a text message saying cousins could not see his children due to the “new laws,” referring to the COVID-19 restrictions at the time.
She told the court that the Brownlow medalist wanted the children to come to him at a hotel.
In another text message to him after his documentary interview on Channel 7 aired in late March, Ms. Tinecheff wrote, “Don’t call me again. They have no rights in children’s lives. ”
She also wrote that cousins had “humbled” his family, “made a lasting mark on their children’s lives,” and showed no remorse.
“They did not contribute to its existence,” she said.
“One more call and I’ll call the police, you tormenting rat.”
She also described his lifestyle as “dirty” and called him a “rough man”.
Ms. Tinecheff testified that she believed the cousins’ television interview was not in the children’s best interests.
“He was clearly involved in drugs and I didn’t think it was safe for him to see the kids,” she said.
When asked why Ms. Tinecheff did not allow Cousins to see his children over Easter, she replied, “Because of his aggressive nature and the state of his drug use … he was completely out of control at the time. Besides, he didn’t know where we lived – that was on purpose. ”
Ms. Tinecheff said during a phone call on Easter Sunday that cousins had “started yelling and yelling at the kids” and wanted to know why they didn’t answer his calls.
“I hate your mother,” Cousins reportedly said to his son.
“You love mom more than me.”
The process continues.
Cousins played 238 games for West Coast before he was removed in 2007 and suspended from the AFL for 12 months for discrediting the game.
He ended his AFL career in Richmond and played another 32 games before retiring at the end of the 2010 season.
Cousins previously served prison terms for persecuting Ms. Tinecheff.
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