PAROLE Board of Canada documents have revealed that Yosef Jomo Gopaul, 27, of Ontario, whose arrest was announced last week by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) in the horrific beating death of 53-year-old Julie Paskall last December at a parking lot just outside Surrey’s Newton Recreation Centre, was considered “a high risk to reoffend” when he had to be released from an Ontario prison last summer because he had served his full sentence for a 2010 aggravated sexual assault.
According to a January 2010 report in the Brampton Guardian in Ontario, Gopaul, who was then 22, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and arrested.
The newspaper reported: “On … January 1, 2010, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the victim, a 29-year-old Brampton woman … was pushed to the ground and dragged towards a nearby creek. The suspect fled on foot after a witness began to approach them. The victim sustained numerous injuries to her face and body. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released. Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that the suspect had contact with the victim earlier that night at a local establishment.”
The Parole Board documents show that Gopaul viewed violence as an acceptable means of dealing with a drug and alcohol problem.
The board also pointed out his “dismal history of compliance” with rehabilitation and release conditions.
His early statutory release was revoked by the board in November 2012, because it found he had a high risk to reoffend and and had the potential to be a danger to others.
GOPAUL, who has been charged with second-degree murder, made a brief appearance at Surrey Provincial Court on Monday. He will remain in custody until June 13, his next court date.
Police said he had moved to B.C. eight weeks before Paskall was killed.
He was a suspect within a month of police investigation. Police could not divulge information about the investigation in order to protect the integrity of the case and not jeopardize the prosecution process.
Paskall was mercilessly beaten by a robber for her purse just after 9:30 p.m. on December 29 and succumbed to her injuries on December 31.
IHIT, which took over the investigation on December 30, said at the time: “This investigation has similarities to an assault on a female that occurred in the same area on December 16, 2013. Surrey RCMP continue to investigate this previous incident and although the motive appears similar these two occurrences have not definitively been linked.”
Paskall was a volunteer time keeper with one of the senior teams of the Surrey Minor Hockey Association, according to President Harbs Bains.