Nunavut dangerous offender’s death deemed ‘non-suspicious,’ police say

Tommy Veevee died Jan. 28 at Saskatoon psychiatric centre, Correctional Service of Canada says

Tommy Veevee, 57, died at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Jan. 28. (Photo courtesy of Correctional Service of Canada)

By David Venn
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The death of a dangerous offender who spent the past 25 years in a psychiatric facility for multiple sexual assault crimes has been deemed not suspicious, a Saskatoon police spokesperson says.

Tommy Veevee, originally from Pangnirtung, died Jan. 28 at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, Sask., the Correctional Service of Canada reported.

Police responded to a call at the psychiatric facility for an unresponsive 57-year-old man at 4:45 a.m., wrote Saskatoon Police Service spokesperson Joshua Grella in an email to Nunatsiaq News.

“The death was determined to be non-suspicious; as such, this is a Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service investigation,” he wrote.

The Correctional Service of Canada did not respond to Nunatsiaq News’ request for comment.

Veevee had been serving an indeterminate sentence in a psychiatric facility since November 1998 after he was convicted of two sexual assaults in Iqaluit in June and October of 1997.

Justice Beverly Browne declared him a dangerous offender in 1999, which meant Veevee had to stay in custody until a parole board released him. The board reviewed his case every two years.

She took into account all previous non-sexual and non-serious crimes Veevee had committed in his past into her decision.

In her sentencing, she found Veevee suffered from a series of mental illnesses and wanted him to be treated in a psychiatric facility.

“He certainly has many problems but I hope someone will take him on as a challenge and will put together a team of professionals who will work hard with Mr. Veevee’s co-operation to work towards his rehabilitation and eventual release into the community,” Browne wrote in her sentencing.


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  1. Posted by jim craimer on

    good, save tax dollar for people that need it .

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