Home Sweet Home have canceled their planned vigil for homeless man, Jack Watson after reports of previous sex abuse convictions have come to light.
Home Sweet Home cancels vigil for homeless man as sex abuse allegations come to light
The former Apollo House resident in his 50s, passed away after being found unconscious outside a shop on Suffolk Street last Thursday - dublinlive.ie said.
He was pronounced dead at St James' hospital after his body was recovered at 4am by emergency services in the doorway of the Superdry store on the popular shop street.
Watson was reportedly deported from Australia in 2015 with a large number of convictions.
In 2008, he allegedly spent 18 months in jail after assaulting two girls under the age of 16.
The vigil was set to take place outside Apollo House, Tara Street this Thursday; a building that hit headlines in December 2016 when activists transformed the NAMA owned property into emergency homeless accommodation.
Watson was a known homeless resident of Apollo House over the Christmas period, reports The Irish Times.
In a statement published this evening, organisers Home Sweet Home have decided to cancel the event “out of respect for the victim of these crimes.”
The charity adds: “This does not change the fact that many people have died as a result of our housing emergency. This is totally unacceptable and urgently needs to be addressed.”