WINNIPEG – There was more odd testimony on Tuesday during the trial for the woman accused of hiding the remains of six infants in a storage locker on McPhillips Street.
Andrea Giesbrecht, 42, was having an affair beginning in 2005, according to a former friend who took to the witness stand.
Court heard Giesbrecht would gamble at McPhillips Station Casino where she met Lyn Burdett – an employee who supervised many of the tables on the floor.
Burdett testified that Giesbrecht eventually started a romantic relationship with another employee. Burdett described it as sexual that lasted for 3-5 years.
Burdett said Giesbrecht appeared pregnant in 2006 after putting on weight and knew she was carrying her boyfriend’s baby.
“But she didn’t say she was (pregnant),” defense attorney Greg Brodsky asked during cross examination.
“Yes, she did,” Burdett answered adding Giesbrecht said her boyfriend was the father, but she eventually miscarried and lost the baby.
Burdett also testified that Giesbrecht appeared pregnant in 2009, to which Giesbrecht simply blamed on weight gain.
Burdett has also provided an alibi for Giesbrecht when she spent the weekend with her boyfriend. Burdett told Giesbrecht’s husband that the two of them were spending the weekend together in Minnesota.
Giesbrecht was arrested in October 2014 after the infant remains were found in a U-Haul storage locker on McPhillips. The locker was under Giesbrecht’s name.
It’s unclear how long the remains had been in there, however court heard on Monday of another storage locker Giesbrecht rented until March 2014.
The manager of the storage facility testified that Giesbrecht only stored a pail and two plastic bins adding it was an ‘anomaly’ for someone to have such a few items in such a large unit.