Former West Coast star Ben Cousins has avoided a jail term after pleading guilty to a string of charges in Perth on Tuesday.
Cousins pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of methamphetamine and two breaches of a violence restraining order in Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon and was subsequently fined $2,000.
The judge told Cousins that if he breaches the violence restraining order again, he may face a mandatory jail term.
Police prosecutors had requested Cousins be given a suspended jail sentence, however, the judge decided that the lesser penalty of a fine would be sufficient given the Brownlow Medalist told the court he is currently seeking treatment for his drug problem and seeing a psychiatrist.
“The course you are going down is sufficient, to ask you to do more is setting you up to fail,” the judge told Cousins in court.
The 38-year-old pleaded not guilty to two other charges on Tuesday. One for for breaching bail and a second for allegedly being in possession of methamphetamine in June of this year. Cousins will appear in court for the two remaining charges in March next year.