Man accused in Julie Paskall’s Surrey murder ordered to stand trial

Yosef Gopaul charged with second-degree murder in mom-of-three's death outside Newton Arena in 2013.

Julie Paskall was killed outside Newton Arena in December 2013.

The man charged with murdering Surrey hockey mom Julie Paskall has been ordered to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court

A preliminary hearing for Yosef Jomo Gopaul was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Surrey Provincial Court to determine if there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

Evidence presented at preliminary inquiries cannot be reported due to a publication ban.

Gopaul, 27, (shown in court drawing, left) was arrested five months after Paskall was killed outside Newton Arena in late 2013. She was attacked Dec. 29 while picking up her son from hockey in what police said was a robbery gone wrong. She died in hospital Dec. 31, leaving behind her husband of nearly 35 years, two adult daughters and a teenaged son. She was 53.

Julie’s husband Al (below) spoke outside court earlier this week, saying he harbours a lot of guilt about his wife’s death, lamenting the fact he didn’t pick up his son that fateful night.

He said he’ll attend court as often as possible to honour Julie.

“Somebody has to be here for her,” he said. “I wasn’t there when I should have been…”

The case will now proceed to B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. Gopaul‘s next scheduled court date is March 12.

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