A black male with an extensive criminal record -- or 'troubled past,' as the media calls it -- is set to go to trial in Canada for the brutal murder of a 53-year-old white woman.
Hockey mom Julie Paskall was waiting in a parking lot outside Newton Arena in Ontario where her teenage son was refereeing a hockey game.
Police say Yosef Gopaul, 27, approached Paskall with the intent of robbery. Gopaul is accused of brutally beating his female victim during the incident. She later died of her injuries.
The assault took place December 29, 2013. Paskall died in the hospital December 31, 2013.
Gopaul was arrested in Surrey at 3:15 p.m. PT Friday, May 24 and made his first court appearance May 26.
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Paskall was assaulted in the parking lot of the Newton Arena while waiting to pick up her teenage son, Cailean, who was refereeing a hockey game the night of Dec. 29, 2013.
She was taken to hospital where she was placed on life support, but she died days later, on New Year's Eve.
At the time, police described the attack as a robbery gone wrong. Hackett confirmed that Gopaul has a criminal record.
Police identified Gopaul as a potential suspect about a month after the attack, Hackett said.
At Saturday's press conference, Al Paskall expressed gratitude for the assistance everyone in the community has provided to the investigation, but said the family is still deeply hurting.
"We do truly appreciate that an individual has been charged with Julie's death," he said. "While this is very important, it does not bring her back. She is deeply missed, and this has been an extremely difficult time for our family."
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