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Ben Cousin’s parents Bryan and Steph Cousins at Perth Magistrate’s Court yesterday

Former Brownlow Medal victor Ben Cousins has been sentenced to one year in jail by a Perth Magistrate today.

The sentencing related to an aggravated stalking charge, seven breaches of a violence restraining order, two drug related charges and driving without a licence.

The AFL Players' Association offered to put money towards Cousins' treatment and he says there was hope for a job with the Eagles if he completed a stint in residential rehabilitation.

He also bombarded Ms Tinecheff with more than 2000 phone calls and text messages from October a year ago until his arrest last month.

They said he left the traumatised mother fearing for her safety and the safety of their two young children.

Mr Huston said Cousins had caused ongoing terror and misery to the victim.

When the former West Coast captain was arrested, police found eight grams of meth in his possession, which his lawyer Michael Tudori told the court would only last him four days.

Cousins, who previously pleaded guilty to 11 offences, will be eligible for parole after serving six months behind bars.

Cousins' said prior to his arrest, he had been living out of a backpack and sleeping on friends' couches.

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"It is, sadly, a tale of despair and missed opportunities", Mr Huston said.

Mr Tudori described Cousins' relationship with Ms Tinecheff as complex, saying they went to a Bruce Springsteen concert together in January after she asked him to use his contacts to get front-row seats.

Mr Tudori said the Brownlow medallist had "hit rock bottom" with his heavy drug usage, which caused psychosis.

But a Perth judge today asserted he had to make an example of Cousins, sentencing him to 12-months jail and refusing to suspend any part of it. Cousins was also fined $2,400.

"It is disappointing, especially when Ben has made that decision to go to rehabilitation, but you know, Ben's doing okay", Mr Tudori said.

It's the latest incident in Cousins' fall from grace, which has seen him battle drug addiction and mental health issues.

"The football world.is wanting a positive outcome out of this, that he gets help, gets good rehab and cleans himself up and lives a normal, functional life".

Cousins' father refused to speak to reporters, but Mr Tudori said Cousins was disappointed with the sentence, adding he was unsure if the case would be appealed.

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