06/04/2012 08:19 EDT | Updated 08/04/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C. kidnap sex criminal dies in hospital

The man who abducted, tortured and repeatedly raped a 12-year-old girl over a six-month period in a B.C. dungeon in 1976 has died in a psychiatric hospital.

Donald Alexander Hay died Sunday at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, the Correctional Service of Canada announced Monday.

Hay, 79, was serving an indeterminate sentence for kidnapping and unlawful confinement as well as an eight-year consecutive sentence for sex with a female under the age of 14.

Hay kidnapped and kept Abby Drover in a makeshift bomb shelter beneath his garage in Port Moody, B.C., torturing and sexually assaulting her for 181 days.

Drover’s family had been a neighbour of Hay.

Hay had repeatedly been denied parole because he continued to minimize the effect of his offences on Drover and blamed his alcoholism for the crimes.