A few nights ago an apparently random attack in downtown Montreal cost a 67-year-old woman her life. Yuk Ngor Tam was carrying groceries along Ste. Catherine Street when she was brutally accosted by what witnesses deemed a random act of violence.
Police now have a suspect in custody. Jason Derrald Sivret, a 38-year old man has been charged with murder and two counts of assault in the wake of the killing. Montreal’s 16th homicide of the year. Evidently Sivret had been turfed out of a nearby bar for being too aggressive and decided to take out whatever frustrations he had on Ms. Tam, resulting in her death.
Now I’m no detective, even if I do like the occasional episode of The First 48
But this is not the first time Sivret has acting violently, he was jailed for six months in 2008 after he assaulted a 60-year-old Fredericton man. Interesting approach to frustration management; thump the bejesus out of an older person. Doing just a little research on this guy I came across the following on the RCMP list of unsolved crimes:
On May 11, 1986, Mrs. Jeanne Sivret left her residence to take a walk after a dispute with her husband, Ernest Sivret. Mrs. Sivret was last seen by witnesses at 11:30 p.m. the same day. She never returned home. The next day she was reported missing by her husband before he went to work. The body of Mrs. Sivret was found late that evening by a search team. The investigation revealed Mrs. Sivret was the victim of a brutal murder.
Anyone with any information on the murder of Jeanne Sivret is asked to contact the RCMP Major Crime Unit in Bathurst at 506-548-7774 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
Now I’m no detective, even if I do like the occasional episode of The First 48, but it seems to me that the name “Sivret” isn’t exactly “Jones” or “Tremblay”. The fact that Jason Derrald Sivret has already displayed his violent nature in Fredericton, New Brunswick when coupled with the “brutal murder” of Jeanne Sivret in that province one might be excused for wondering if there is a connection. In 1986 Jason Derrald Sivret, now 38 would have been 11 years old. Was this his mother? Did her violent end influence the boy? Was he involved?
On the CBC page carrying the news of the attack a debate has been going on about the issue of mental illness and violent crime.
I hope he gets the help he needs, I just hope he gets it after being removed from society.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 3, 2015: