A QUEENSLAND Health employee yesterday faced court after he smashed a glass door at a bank when he learned he had still not been paid.

Rangeville man Benjamin Neil Burton, 31, appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to wilful damage.

The court heard Burton was a casual health worker and a victim of the well-publicised bungled payroll system.

Defence solicitor Brock Harm said Burton, who has a wife and children, couldn’t pay rent because he was not being paid by Queensland Health.

Burton was told by a Queensland Health spokesperson that his pay would be in the bank.

He attended the Heritage Building Society at the Range Shopping Centre on March 29 but was told by a bank employee no money had been deposited into his account.

Prosecutor Sergeant Greg Lewis told the court Burton walked out of the bank and either punched or kicked the automatic sliding glass door, causing it to shatter at 2.54pm.

Mr Harm said his client was frustrated and the payroll incident had been a burden on his family.

At the time, Burton was at risk of losing his home as he could not pay rent.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck convicted Burton and ordered him to complete 40 hours of unpaid community service.

He ordered Burton to also make $834.70 restitution for the cost of fixing the smashed door.

The conviction was not recorded.