Vigil for homeless man cancelled after sex assault past revealed

Jack Watson died on Suffolk Street in Dublin last week

Vigil for homeless man cancelled after sex assault past revealed

Jack Watson during a joint project by Geza Oravecz Photographer & Barry Caesar Westend Barbers. Image: Geza Oravecz /Facebook

A homeless campaign group has cancelled a vigil for a homeless man who died in Dublin last week.

Jack Watson was one of three homeless people who died in separate incidents.

A vigil was held for him outside Leinster House on Friday, and a further event had been planned this week.

But Home Sweet Home say this has been called off after it was revealed he was deported from Australia for very serious crimes.

It has emerged the 51-year-old was deported from Australia in October 2015 and had been on the sex offender's register there.

He had a string convictions including being found guilty of the sexual assault of two underage girls in 2008.

"Out of respect for the victims of these crimes a planned vigil outside Apollo House on Thursday evening has been cancelled," the group said.

"This does not change the fact that many people have died as a result of our housing emergency.

"This is totally unacceptable and needs to be addressed".

But Home Sweet Home say they are "shocked" at reports of Mr Watson's past.