Man with long and violent criminal record gets 12 years for murder in Surrey

Yosef Gopaul

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…

h/t Rosenmops

For more reading on how violent criminals should be treated nicely, check out this piece at May United Church Observer.

  • Alain

    This miscarriage of justice is disgusting. So much concern for a piece of shit while basically giving the victim and her family the finger.

    • G

      He need not worry. All he has to do is appeal it to the supreme court and he’ll be free as a bird.
      Bev & Rosie love letting those bad boys walk.

  • G

    “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…”

    According to the multiverse theory of cosmology there are an infinite number of universes were every possible outcome has been realized.

    I guess there might be one where I give a shit.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Doubt it.
      Even Bizarro Spock knew something was wrong with the system.

  • just a thought

    So, showing him sympathy is OK, even though that will result in the traumatization of countless more people. Yeah, I get it. Leftist bleeding hearts are malicious fools.

  • pike bishop

    Murder in the commission of another crime should always be 1st degree.
    Plea bargaining in these cases is not acceptable.

    • Petrilla

      Maybe he’ll go live in his lawyers house, sorry I had to spit, a Khadr. Apparently in Canada you can just murder and get away with it.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Sorry, you lost me at United Church.

  • P_F

    Another mohammedan immigrant success story.
    Outrageous. Getting just 12 years for robbery & murdering a woman is outright unjust and this scum has 29 prior convictions. what would you call this judge a clown, an insane, incompetent judge or just another twisted leftist.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      See, Gopaul seems almost Haitian.
      But, Yosef sealed the deal that he was a yoof.

    • Frances

      Name sounds more Indian to me, or possibly Sikh.

  • Petrilla

    29 criminal convictions, killed a Canadian mother at a rink, wanted her purse. 12 years? Funny we don,t hear a word about the judge? 12 years? Disgusting. Justice was not served.

    • Minicapt

      The judge is probably a member of the Liberal Party of Canada; it appears to be a requirement to get the job.


  • Maggat

    His mother should have taken him out the window with her.

    • Surele Surele

      That was exactly my first thought.

  • eMan14

    He won’t serve the full 12 years. What then? All is forgiven and he leads a normal life? And when the next violent crime happens? Shit happens right?
    Disgusting misuse of the justice system.

  • lolwut?

    It was all just a “Cultural misunderstanding”

    That was literally the defense of a Chinese woman who ended up getting 5 years
    for killing two babies in Vancouver.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    If he was Native, He’d get 6 1/2 years.

    • Surele Surele

      and a healing circle. don’t forget about this harsh punishment.

  • ontario john

    What do you expect from a church that has an atheist minister at West Hill United in Toronto, and denomination that only believes in left wing causes, global warming, homosexuals and whiny indians. None of that silly Jesus stuff. Sort of an Anglican church without the pomp and ceremony.