Hundreds of people have slammed the “lowlife scumbags” who stole a plaque in memory of Dundee man John Watt who died after an incident in a city street in January.
John, 50, was found with serious head injuries in Albert Street, Stobswell, on January 7.
John, or Watty as he was known, had left the Abode Bar in St Andrews Street just after midnight. He was discovered at 3.35am and taken to Ninewells Hospital.
He died later the same day.
Three teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17, have been charged with culpable homicide. They can’t be named for legal reasons.
After he died his drinking buddies at the Abode Bar raised £500 to help pay for his funeral.
Subsequently staff and customers at the Abode put a plaque on his favourite chair in his memory.
Announcing the plans for the plaque landlady at the Abode, Karen Fox, said: “After hearing the news, we wanted to pay tribute in the pub so we had the plaque made and fitted to his regular seat.
“John would regularly come in and say ‘that’s my seat’.”
Now it turns out that someone has ripped the plaque off the chair and stolen it.
In a public post on their Facebook page the Abode staff said they were shocked and upset that the plaque had gone missing.
The theft has angered hundreds of people who have taken to social media to vent their disgust.
The post said: “We are so shocked and upset to say that someone forcefully removed his plaque from the chair and stole it.
“This is highly disrespectful and will not be tolerated . . . wouldn’t have ever thought someone could have done this.
“Watty definitely won’t be getting forgotten about.
“We will be replacing this on his chair.”
Commenting on social media Johan Ewan said: “Disgusting scumbag. Hope you get what you deserve.”
Linda Martin said: “This is terrible.
“What lowlife person would do that?”
Sandra Meek said: “That’s disgraceful. Whoever did this should be ashamed of themselves.”
Ashleigh McGonagall added: “Dirty scum. How can anyone stoop so low? ”
Watty had been a regular at the Abode for two-and-a-half years.
He went in on a daily basis and was a favourite with other regulars.
Speaking at the time Karen said: “Watty was a really nice guy whose death has left the regulars at the Abode in total shock.”