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Cousins denied parole following drug test fail

Former West Coast and Richmond midfielder Ben Cousins has reportedly been denied parole after failing a drug test in a Perth prison.

Damian Barrett reported the news on Thursday night on The Footy Show, and told the panel his parole has been taken from him.

“Ben Cousins is now not eligible for early release from jail, and he cannot receive the parole that he may have been eligible for,” Barrett told The Footy Show.

“It’s on the back of a breach of a drug test that he failed inside prison upon remand.

“While he was sentenced for 12 months jail in March for stalking a former partner and for drug possession, that eligibility for parole has effectively been removed.”

Tudori released a statement confirmed Cousins has had his parole delayed, but suggested he is now clean and drug-free.

“I can confirm that Mr Cousins’ parole application has been delayed awaiting for him to complete further rehabilitation courses which are now only becoming available to him,” Mr Tudori said.

“He will be eligible to reapply for parole upon completion of those courses.

“Although when Mr Cousins was first remanded in custody he tested positive to an illicit substance on one occasion, he is currently drug-free and in positive spirits.

“Any allegation that Ben was involved or connected to smuggling of drugs into prison is absurd and unsubstantiated.”

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