Michael Watt found dead

johnboy 8 May 2012 49

The ABC is reporting that Michael David Watt has been found dead.

Michael David Watt, 25, from Conder had been charged with four acts of indecency, two sex acts and one count of using the internet to deprave young people.

All charges involved a 12-year-old boy who was in the man’s care between November 16, 2011, and February 23 this year when the offences were alleged to have occurred.

Watt was granted bail in the ACT Magistrates Court last month.

Police report no suspicious circumstances.

Now the next question is how Community Services here in Canberra came to be putting children into his care.


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john87_no1 john87_no1 11:29 am 09 May 12

An extremely poor result for all involved.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 7:15 am 09 May 12

I-filed said :

Lissy said :

Interested that nobody has commented on the second part of the OP – why was this child in his care?

If Watt was from a minority group it would be more likely that a child would be carelessly placed; Welfare often chooses ethnicity over safety, for “cultural appropriateness” reasons. That has been a disastrous policy for decades.

Dear god, if that’s true it’s appalling!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:08 pm 08 May 12

We may never know further details beyond this:
A man died, some cheered and called it justice served.

Personally, I’d prefer we had systems in place to ensure our alleged criminals were alive to see trial, and continued long enough to satisfy any retributive sentence or victim restitution.
Bloodthirsty vigilantes would ideally provide both their own sack and doorknobs.

Anyway, as is traditional with media coverage of a potential\assumed suicide:
If you need help, call Lifeline Ph:13 11 14 (now with online chat, too)
Mandatory pamphlet

bundah bundah 11:05 pm 08 May 12

thatsnotme said :

bundah said :

Well your prepared to dismiss my belief that it spoke volumes about his guilt but your not prepared to offer an alternative perpective!

Are you serious? You come out and say ‘this guy committed suicide, therefore that must mean he’s guilty’. When someone tells you that your statement doesn’t necessarily add up, your answer is that they should research suicides due to guilt – nothing more than that – yet now you’re complaining about a lack of alternative perspectives?!

I’m sure you’ve very comfortable there in your black and white world.

Your hilarious i merely said that i believed that he committed suicide due to guilt and your getting on your high horse also offering nothing of any substance except some nonsense that i live in a black and white world.How about saying something intelligent or is that just too hard?

Thumper Thumper 10:50 pm 08 May 12

I’m troubled by this.

Not because of what the guy may or may not have done but because he should have at least been given the presumption of innocence until a trial.

Our legal system may have its flaws, but its the best we’ve got and it has served us reasonably well for a long time.

His suicide does not sit well.

We are a civilised society people. At least, I hope we are.

thatsnotme thatsnotme 10:32 pm 08 May 12

bundah said :

Well your prepared to dismiss my belief that it spoke volumes about his guilt but your not prepared to offer an alternative perpective!

Are you serious? You come out and say ‘this guy committed suicide, therefore that must mean he’s guilty’. When someone tells you that your statement doesn’t necessarily add up, your answer is that they should research suicides due to guilt – nothing more than that – yet now you’re complaining about a lack of alternative perspectives?!

I’m sure you’ve very comfortable there in your black and white world.

chewy14 chewy14 9:54 pm 08 May 12

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

No, it doesn’t.

Really how about you do some research into suicides due to guilt and then come back with something substantial to offer!

What, something substantial like in your comment where you suggest that suicide is a proxy for evidence in this case? Yeah sure.

Yet again a rebuttal where you have not expressed any opinion as to why you think he committed suicide!

Why would I?

Well your prepared to dismiss my belief that it spoke volumes about his guilt but your not prepared to offer an alternative perpective!

No, I simply said that him killing himself isn’t evidence of guilt or innocence. Because its not.

I don’t have any opinion as to his possible guilt because I’ve only read about the story in the CT and the evidence wasn’t tested in court.

c_c c_c 9:24 pm 08 May 12

Have to say it is kind of refreshing that he chose this path. I would hope it wasn’t just cowardice, but a realisation that what he did was wrong. Too often you see these creeps being very unrepentant, they can’t understand and refuse to accept what they did was wrong.

Also possible I guess that he didn’t come to such a realisation was was merely fearful of what fellow inmates do to rockspiders on the inside.

bundah bundah 9:19 pm 08 May 12

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

No, it doesn’t.

Really how about you do some research into suicides due to guilt and then come back with something substantial to offer!

What, something substantial like in your comment where you suggest that suicide is a proxy for evidence in this case? Yeah sure.

Yet again a rebuttal where you have not expressed any opinion as to why you think he committed suicide!

Why would I?

Well your prepared to dismiss my belief that it spoke volumes about his guilt but your not prepared to offer an alternative perpective!

Anna Key Anna Key 9:07 pm 08 May 12

SnapperJack said :

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Let’s not have any of this namby pamby talk about his rights, or “guilty until proven innocent”, he did it. Everybody knows that. He had form in this regard. All pedophiles should either commit suicide or be executed as soon as possible saving the taxpayer and the victim’s family all that legal expense.

I guess your audition for a commercial radio shock jock doesn’t require you to spell paedophile correctly. For what other offences would you like summary executions, without need for trial or conviction?

I-filed I-filed 8:56 pm 08 May 12

Lissy said :

Interested that nobody has commented on the second part of the OP – why was this child in his care?

If Watt was from a minority group it would be more likely that a child would be carelessly placed; Welfare often chooses ethnicity over safety, for “cultural appropriateness” reasons. That has been a disastrous policy for decades.

Lissy Lissy 8:45 pm 08 May 12

Interested that nobody has commented on the second part of the OP – why was this child in his care?

chewy14 chewy14 8:25 pm 08 May 12

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

No, it doesn’t.

Really how about you do some research into suicides due to guilt and then come back with something substantial to offer!

What, something substantial like in your comment where you suggest that suicide is a proxy for evidence in this case? Yeah sure.

Yet again a rebuttal where you have not expressed any opinion as to why you think he committed suicide!

Why would I?

bundah bundah 8:12 pm 08 May 12

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

No, it doesn’t.

Really how about you do some research into suicides due to guilt and then come back with something substantial to offer!

What, something substantial like in your comment where you suggest that suicide is a proxy for evidence in this case? Yeah sure.

Yet again a rebuttal where you have not expressed any opinion as to why you think he committed suicide!

chewy14 chewy14 6:47 pm 08 May 12

bundah said :

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

No, it doesn’t.

Really how about you do some research into suicides due to guilt and then come back with something substantial to offer!

What, something substantial like in your comment where you suggest that suicide is a proxy for evidence in this case? Yeah sure.

farnarkler farnarkler 5:54 pm 08 May 12

At least now there’s no chance of his victims bumping into him in a shopping mall, restaurant, etc.

bundah bundah 5:38 pm 08 May 12

chewy14 said :

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

No, it doesn’t.

Really how about you do some research into suicides due to guilt and then come back with something substantial to offer!

chewy14 chewy14 4:54 pm 08 May 12

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

No, it doesn’t.

watto23 watto23 3:45 pm 08 May 12

bundah said :

carnardly said :

well he hadn’t actually been proved guilty yet….

If he actually committed suicide then that speaks volumes regarding guilt!

Umm not really. If you were innocent and yet had most of Canberra thinking you were a paedophile, I’m pretty certain in the wrong mental state suicide would look to be a good option.

Then again, he could be a coward, committed the crime and didn’t want to face the music.
I don’t think we can assume guilt based on suicide though.

SnapperJack SnapperJack 3:33 pm 08 May 12

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Let’s not have any of this namby pamby talk about his rights, or “guilty until proven innocent”, he did it. Everybody knows that. He had form in this regard. All pedophiles should either commit suicide or be executed as soon as possible saving the taxpayer and the victim’s family all that legal expense.

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