SURREY, B.C. — The family of a British Columbia woman whose motto was “money isn’t worth dying for” wept as a 28-year-old man was sentenced for manslaughter after blindsiding her with a rock to the head outside a neighbourhood ice arena.
Provincial court heard Yosef Gopaul intended to snatch Julie Paskall’s purse in Surrey on Dec. 29, 2013, as she waited to pick up her 16-year-old son after he’d refereed at a minor hockey game.
The 53-year-old woman died in hospital two days later.
Yosef was charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on Friday, when he was handed a combined 12-year prison sentence for her death and a robbery at a bus stop two weeks earlier…
…Court heard Gopaul has 29 criminal convictions going back to age 16 and that six of those were violent crimes.
His lawyer said Gopaul was traumatized at age seven when his mother jumped from an 11th-storey window to escape a rape by three men in an Ottawa apartment building…
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