by John Weekes
A COMMUNITY worker has regained his blue card despite once facing an attempted murder charge for confronting a friend over a sex change betrayal.
The Caboolture man later had that charge dropped but was still convicted of wilful damage and common assault.
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard he spent $40,000 on an overseas trip to support a friend having a sex change operation.
But the man, who cannot be named and is known as AO, later found out he got a nose job and liposuction instead.
"The friend said that he was transitioning from a male to a female, and wanted to go to [South America] for gender reassignment surgery,” QCAT Member David Paratz said.
He was "angry when he discovered that he had been misled,” Mr Paratz said in a newly-published decision.
AO went to a house where his friend had been drinking.
"An altercation ensued. The actual course of events is confused,” Mr Paratz added.
AO said he was assaulted and "went into a rage and kicked some glass window panels”.
Police told him not to go back to the house but Mr Paratz said AO returned to collect his wallet and keys and another commotion broke out.
More charges were laid and AO resigned from his job. His blue card was taken from him.
The blue card is a monitoring system for people working with children and youth. AO needed one to keep his job.
AO was not sentenced to jail time. The magistrate in late 2016 said AO had a good work history and had spent 141 days in pre-sentence custody.
AO was in financial trouble and said his former employer would take him back if he had a blue card.
In December 2016, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General refused to return his blue card.
AO went to QCAT which found that refusal was wrong.
"The offences did not involve children. AO has demonstrated insight and remorse,” Mr Paratz said.
"He wants to make further positive contributions to his community.”
He ordered AO's blue card be returned to him. -NewsRegional