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Murder suspect once termed undue risk

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A man accused in the deadly attack on a hockey mom in Surrey, B.C., was labelled a potential danger to people in the community in an Ontario Parole Board report.

Documents from the board show Yousef Gopaul was sentenced to 31 months in prison for an aggravated assault committed on Jan. 1, 2009, and was granted statutory release in July 2012.

Strict conditions were imposed on Gopaul's release, including that he avoid drugs, alcohol and possible gang associations, but the parole board report shows on the very day of his release he violated one condition and, within a month had violated conditions of his house arrest.

Among the parole board findings is the statement that Gopaul views violence as an acceptable means of dealing with problems and that he didn't complete programming to address his substance and violence prevention issues.

Gopaul returns to court in Surrey next month on a charge of second-degree murder for the death of 53-year-old Julie Paskall.

Police in Surrey said the 27-year-old man had arrived from Ontario only eight weeks before he allegedly attacked Paskall in the parking lot of the Newton hockey arena where she waited for her son, who was refereeing a minor league hockey game.

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