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The girl, who was babysitting for a woman Cobb knew, had been stabbed through an eye and bruises were found on her slit throat. The prosecutor in the case, André Vincent, who is now a Superior Court judge, said at the time that it was “one of the most horrible crimes I’ve ever seen.”
The violent death of a child followed by the indignity to her body shocked Montrealers. But that reaction was multiplied when media revealed that, just five weeks earlier, the Crown abandoned a murder case Cobb was charged in.
In June 1993, Cobb’s trial before a jury was well underway when Justice Henry Steinberg, the judge who was presiding over it, was suddenly promoted to the Quebec Court of Appeal. Steinberg declared a mistrial before moving on to the higher court.