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Ben Cousins’ former partner Maylea Tinecheff told court she can’t afford a lawyer

The former partner of fallen AFL star Ben Cousins has told a court she can not afford a lawyer to represent her on a drug-driving charge until after Christmas.

Maylea Tinecheff allegedly tested positive for illicit drugs when police pulled her over on Ranford Road in Canning Vale in August.

It is believed her and Cousins’ children were in the car at the time.

Ms Tinecheff fronted Armadale Magistrate’s Court today charged with drug-driving and no authority to drive.

When she was asked by magistrate Andrew Maughan if she was ready to enter pleas, Ms Tinecheff said she could not get legal aid and could not afford a lawyer.

She requested an adjournment until February and said she would be able to get a lawyer after Christmas.

Mr Maughan told Ms Tinecheff she had to come back to court in two weeks to plead to the charges.

Ms Tinecheff’s matter was listed in Armadale in October and November but on both occasions she sent letters to the court and did not show up.

In her first letter she said her children were unwell and she was struggling and in her second letter she said she could not attend and wanted an adjournment.

Ms Tinecheff was stopped by police two days after Cousins was arrested at her house for allegedly stalking her, repeatedly breaching a violence restraining order and making threats.

Cousins allegedly bombarded Ms Tinecheff with phone calls, messages and random visits to her home and threatened her while wielding a screwdriver.

Police allegedly found a bag containing 13g of methamphetamine when they strip searched the former footballer after his arrest.

Cousins is in Hakea Prison on remand and is due in court in January.

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