This morning at the Surrey courthouse Yosef Gopaul pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Surrey’s “Hockey Mom” Julie Paskall. Julie was attacked on the evening of Dec 29, 2013 in the parking lot of the Newton Arena in Surrey, BC. The attack and subsequent death of Julie on New Year’s Eve sent shock waves throughout the city and around the world.
Today Judge Dohm sentenced Mr. Gopaul to 10 years for the crime against Julie Paskall and 2 years for an attack and robbery two weeks prior to Paskall’s on Dec 16 2013, an event that injured a young woman both physically and psychologically. That victim was present in court but chose not to speak.
With time already served, Mr. Gopaul will spend a total of 10 and one half years in custody.
Heartbreaking victim impact statements were read by Julie’s husband Al Paskall, daughters Rhiannon and Stacey, sister-in-law Joan Ross on behalf of her husband and Julie’s brother Martin, plus one of Julie’s cousins. Many in the gallery were seen weeping over how this sad and senseless act devastated a family and rocked a community to its core.
Gopaul read a statement and expressed remorse over his actions that led to the death of Mrs. Paskall.
In the end, nothing brings this beautiful woman back.
No sentence, no apology, no tears of remorse. Nothing.
And that breaks my heart.