The former B.C. man who has served 30 years in prison for the kidnap, torture and repeated rape ofa 12-year-old girl in a Vancouver suburb has been refused parole again.

At a hearing on Wednesday, 73-year-old Don Hay told the National Parole Board he "felt sorry" for his victim and prays for her every day. But he did not make an apology for his behaviour.

He also said he would not pose a risk to society. But the panel members disagreed.

Hay abducted Abby Drover in Port Moody, B.C., in March 1976.

He kept her imprisoned as a sex slave in a dungeon he built under the floor of his garage. She was rescued by police 181 days later.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment, and has been turned down twice before by the parole board.

Drover went public to keep Hay in jail

When Hay first became eligible for parole in 2001, Drover broke her silence and spoke out publicly for the first time about her ordeal, in an effort to keep him locked up.

The then-38-year-old mother told CBC News that Hay will always will be a very dangerous man.

"He's an alcoholic and a pedophile, and that doesn't change," she said.

The parole board agreed, saying Hay appeared to be more sorry about getting caught than truly remorseful for his sadistic behaviour.

The board also said that Hay had tried to minimize the enormity of his actions, and had not shown enough compassion or sympathy for Drover.

No change in 2006

The same issues came up at Wednesday's hearing, which was his first application for release since 2002.

He told the panel he has not changed since then, and that he would "lying to himself" if he admitted to being a pedophile.

At that point, one of the members of the boardstopped him, saying: "This isn't going well for you, Don."

She then called Hay "arrogant," andtold him that his refusal to admit his pedophilia was hurting his chances of parole.

Hay can apply apply for parole again in 2008, but he said Wednesdaythat he's convinced the only thing he can do to get out of prison is to die.

He is now serving his life sentence at a minimum security prison in Prince Albert.