Accused rapist deemed no risk to kids
AN international student charged with rape of a woman has been granted a Blue Card after a tribunal found he posed no risk to children.
The 27-year-old French student was charged with rape in June 14, 2017 following a complaint by his former female housemate.
His Blue Card was cancelled one week later, but will be restored after a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal appeal found his behaviour on the night of the alleged December 2016 rape did not "reach the level of exceptional circumstances" for permanent cancellation under the Working With Children Act.
The student, who disputes the allegations, is in Queensland on a scholarship provided by his home country and is studying pharmacy at the Queensland University of Technology, court documents show.
The Courier-Mail revealed last month that murders are rapists could apply for a Blue Card because of a bizarre technicality that only disqualifies a person from applying if they have committed an offence against a child.
"The alleged offence, with which he is charged, was committed, at a time, when he was heavily intoxicated, he was not at work and was in a social setting," the decision said.
"It is not reasonable to compare the applicant's behaviour, in those circumstances to circumstances outlined in the respondent's submissions where he may be required to work with children or young people
"Looked at objectively, I do not see the applicant's behaviour, on the night in question, as posing a potential risk to children he may come in contact with."