Yosef Gopaul 'a high risk to reoffend', say parole documents

Yosef Gopaul, the man charged in the slaying of Surrey, B.C., hockey mom Julie Paskall, was labelled "a high risk to reoffend", say chilling parole board documents.

Julie Paskall died after being brutally assaulted Dec. 29 outside a Surrey hockey arena

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Chilling parole board documents show Yosef Gopaul, the man charged in the slaying of B.C. hockey mom Julie Paskall, was labelled "a high risk to reoffend" when he was released from an Ontario prison last summer.

Gopaul, 27, who moved to B.C. from Ontario about eight weeks before the slaying, appeared in court in Surrey on Monday to face a second-degree murder charge in the brutal attack.

The Parole Board of Canada had no choice but to release Gopaul last summer, because he had served his full sentence for the 2010 aggravated sexual assault of a Brampton, Ont. woman.

But parole board documents obtained by CBC News portray a man who refused to be reformed, who was forced to serve his full prison sentence because of constant violations and who was considered to be a high risk to reoffend.

The documents reveal Gopaul had long history of violence tied to a drug and alcohol problem, the board stating, "You view violence as an acceptable means of dealing with problems."

Hockey mom Julie Paskall, 53, was brutally beaten in Surrey's Newton Arena parking lot while waiting for her son in December. (Family photo)

The board goes on to note his "dismal history of compliance" with rehabilitation and release conditions, including his suspension, while in prison, from a violence prevention program.

The board revoked his early statutory release in November 2012, finding he had a high risk to reoffend and concluding he had "the potential to be a danger to others."

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Surrey councillor and mayoral hopeful Barinder Rasode wants to know why her community wasn't warned when Gopaul headed to B.C..

"[I feel] both a sense of anger and sadness," said Rasode.

"Our community definitely feels this is an example of why people lose trust in the justice system, when you have an offender who is deemed at high risk to offend for a violent crimes...What is the protection for the community there?"

Held in custody

Surrey RCMP now say Gopaul is also being investigated in connection with the violent assault of a 20-year-old woman at the Newton bus loop on Dec. 16, last year.

Gopaul is being held in custody until his next court appearance, set for June 13 at 9.30 a.m. PT.

Paskall was assaulted in the parking lot of the Newton Arena while waiting to pick up her teenage son, Cailean, who was refereeing a hockey game the night of Dec. 29, 2013.

She was taken to hospital where she was placed on life support, but she died days later, on New Year's Eve. At the time, police described the attack as a robbery gone wrong.