SURREY, B.C.: Yosef Jomo Gopaul pleads guilty to manslaughter and robbery in death of Julie Paskall

Ms. Paskall, 53, had been waiting to pick up her son from the Newton Arena following a hockey game on Dec. 29, 2013, when she was attacked. She died two days later in hospital.

Man pleads guilty in death of B.C. hockey mom, sentenced to 12 years

Yosef Jomo Gopaul at the court. (SKETCH BY FELICITY DON)


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A man charged in the fatal beating of hockey mom Julie Paskall, whose death in Surrey, B.C., crystallized fears about the area being unsafe, pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

With credit for time already served, Yosef Jomo Gopaul has 10½ years remaining in his sentence.

Mr. Gopaul, 28, was initially charged with second-degree murder but he pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of robbery. The 12-year sentence was the result of a joint recommendation from the Crown and the defence.

Ms. Paskall, 53, had been waiting to pick up her son from the Newton Arena following a hockey game on Dec. 29, 2013, when she was attacked. She died two days later in hospital.

In an emotional victim impact statement, Ms. Paskall’s husband, Al, said the two had met as teens and been best friends for nearly four decades.

“Every day with her was an adventure, and now my adventure is over,” he said through tears.

“Nothing matters any more.”

Ms. Paskall’s daughter Rhiannon told the court that she has cerebral palsy and that her mother had always been her biggest cheerleader.

“My mom was truly my best friend in the entire world,” she said, sobbing.

On Friday, the court heard that Mr. Gopaul had confessed to an undercover officer posing as a crime boss that he struck Ms. Paskall in the head with a rock. He claimed his intention was not to kill her, but to rob her.

He also confessed to a robbery that occured almost two weeks before the attack on Ms. Paskall. On Dec. 16, Mr. Gopaul struck a young Asian woman with a rock, beat her and then took her mobile phone and other belongings, the court heard.

OTTAWA: Nabil Benhsaien accused of attacking five women with a hammer charged with five counts each of attempted murder

Accused in Ottawa hammer attacks convicted of flashing

Published on: March 16, 2015
Last Updated: March 16, 2015 3:16 PM EDT

Nabil Benhsaien has admitted flashing two men. But he’s facing more serious charges in hammer attacks against several women.Laurie Foster-MacLeod / Ottawa Citizen

A 37-year-old man accused of attacking five women with a hammer has been found guilty of flashing two men who tried to stop him from slashing tires.

On Oct. 1, 2013, Nabil Benhsaien pulled down his pants on Alpine Avenue and exposed his penis to two witnesses who followed him on foot after the tires on two vehicles were slashed.

One of the witnesses snapped a picture of Benhsaien as he flashed them before continuing to walk away.

Benhsaien was arrested a short time later and charged with mischief and committing an indecent act on Oct. 1, 2013.

He was released by a police officer on the scene on a promise to appear in court.

Benhsaien also faces charges in five hammer attacks dating back to 2010. He was charged with five counts each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and possession of a weapon.

OTTAWA: Two men charged in beating of terrorism suspect Carlos Larmond

Update: Two charged in beating of alleged terror twin at Ottawa jail

Published on: March 11, 2015
Last Updated: March 11, 2015 2:10 PM EDT

Carlos Larmond was badly beaten at the Ottawa jail.

Two men have been charged with assault causing bodily assault in connection with the savage beating last week of Ottawa terrorism suspect Carlos Larmond, 24, at the Innes Road jail.

The accused were identified as Michael Clarke and Terrence Wilson.

Larmond, who was arrested in January with twin brother, ‎Ashton, was jumped by two white inmates last Tuesday right before lunch. The terrorism suspect didn’t throw a single punch during the surprise attack. He kept his arms up in a defensive position as the two inmates repeatedly punched him.

The attack, captured on video, left the accused terrorist with a broken left arm, a fractured left orbital bone and substantial head injuries.

Larmond was transported to the Civic Hospital under guard and later escorted back to jail.

The attack remains under investigation by Ottawa Police Service detectives.

SCARBOROUGHT, ON: Richard Russell wanted in alleged assault of woman and baby

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Richard Russell, 23, is wanted in an assault on a woman and her baby in a home near Neilson Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. on Monday.

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Richard Russell, 23, is wanted in an assault on a woman and her baby in a home near Neilson Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. on Monday.

By: Jackie Hong Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Dec 22 2014


On Dec. 15 around 11:30 p.m., police allege the man entered the bedroom of a home near Neilson Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. where the woman and her son were sleeping. The woman argued with the man while holding her son and begged the man to leave. The man allegedly became angry, grabbed the woman by her throat and began punching her. He also allegedly punched the baby in the head, causing swelling and bruising. The assault was interrupted by another person and the man threatened to kill the woman as he left.

Police are looking for Richard Russell, who is described as black and 6-feet-1, with a slim build. Police believe Russell is staying in Malvern and consider him dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Dario Bartoli, 15, killed in group assault in Surrey

Dario Bartoli homicide: grief counsellors brought in as friends grieve

Integrated Homicide InvestigationTeam asks witnesses to come forward

CBC News Posted: Dec 14, 2014 5:20 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 14, 2014 6:39 PM PT

Integrated Homicide investigation Team releases Dario Bartoli's name and picture in the hope it will encourage more witnesses to come forward.Integrated Homicide investigation Team releases Dario Bartoli’s name and picture in the hope it will encourage more witnesses to come forward. (CBC)

Friends are in disbelief and a community is in shock as the impact of 15-year-old Dario Bartoli’s death Saturday in South Surrey begins to sink in.

The Integrated Homicide Team called for witnesses to come forward, and Earl Marriott Secondary School, where Bartoli was a student, prepared to bring in grief counsellors.

OTTAWA: Two police officers charged with alleged assault of Ismael Awaleh who is facing 7 criminal charges

Constables Erin Cavan, Jordan Blonde charged with assault

Incident alleged to have occurred at Queensway-Carleton Hospital on May 1 this year

CBC News Posted: Nov 03, 2014 2:40 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 03, 2014 8:16 PM ET

Two Ottawa police officers have been charged with assault following an investigation by the province’s Special Investigations Unit.

The SIU said the incident happened May 1 this year at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital.

The alleged victim, 32-year-old Ismael Awaleh, was in police custody at the hospital at the time and suffered an injury, the SIU said.

Ottawa police constables Erin Cavan and Jordan Blonde are each facing one count of assault. They are expected to appear in an Ottawa courtroom on Dec. 16.

Both officers remain on active duty, an Ottawa police spokesperson said Monday.

Awaleh facing 7 criminal charges

According to court documents, Awaleh is alleged to have assaulted a woman and breached a probation order on April 29.

Then, two days later on May 1, it’s alleged that Awaleh was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, and that he assaulted Blonde and resisted Blonde and Cavan’s attempts to arrest him.

He’s facing seven charges in total, including one count of drug possession, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of assault and two counts of breaching probation.

Awaleh’s criminal record, which dates back to 2008, includes prior convictions on drug possession and breaching probation.

The SIU is an independent agency that investigates incidents of death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault involving police.