WATCH: Judge Murray Thompson delivers verdict in Andrea Giesbrecht trial. She’s accused of hiding the remains of six infants. Some of the details you may hear are graphic.
WINNIPEG — Andrea Giesbrecht, the woman accused of concealing the remains of six babies in a storage locker, will hear her fate Monday.
Giesbrecht, 42, was arrested Oct. 20, 2014, when six dead infants were found wrapped in towels and stored inside plastic containers in a U-Haul storage locker she had been renting.
She has pleaded not guilty to to six counts of concealing infant remains. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of two years.
Giesbrecht has been free on bail since she was arrested in 2014. After many delays, her trial began in April, 2016 and lasted until October.
Provincial court Judge Murray Thompson will hand down Giesbrecht’s verdict Monday at 2 p.m., which 680 CJOB will have live on air, on our website and on our Facebook page.
This is the first time outside a 2014 trial pilot project that a media outlet has asked for, and been granted access to live stream court house proceedings and rulings in Manitoba.
Infant remains found
On Oct. 20, 2014 the infant remains were discovered at a U-Haul on McPhillips by employees after fees went unpaid on the locker.
Police notes indicate officers found some bodies wrapped in garbage bags put in various bags and plastic containers. One body was wrapped in towel, as well as a garbage bag, and stored in a pail.
“We opened up a pail that was full of some soap. It was full… Seems something was in there,” Ryan Pearson, a 19-year employee with the company said during the trial. “Kinda thought something was not right.”
Pearson said there was an “indescribable” but “weird” smell that came from one of the pails when it was opened.
“We got some gloves because it didn’t seem right,” he said. “Everything was sticky feeling.”
After many delays, Giesbrecht’s trial started in April, 2016. The trial first heard Giesbrecht was pregnant at least six times and had several legal abortions over the years, as well as a miscarriage.
Giesbrecht’s husband, Jeremy took to the stand in September, 2016. He SAID he knew his wife had an unknown number of miscarriages and between nine and 11 abortions.
Experts who examined the infant remains and reviewed the findings testified the infants were developed enough to probably have been born alive, but added it was impossible to say for sure.
Nor could they tell how the babies had died because of the advanced state of decomposition.
During the trial a DNA expert testified and said there “very strong evidence” that Giesbrecht is the mother of the babies found.
DNA from the infant remains was compared to a soiled sanitary napkin taken from Giesbrecht’s home and a sample given by her husband.
Test results yielded strong evidence showing five of the babies belonged to Giesbrecht and her husband and moderately strong evidence the sixth also belonged to them.
During closing statements, her lawyer, Greg Brodsky argued Giesbrect meant to save the babies and not dispose or conceal them.
The Crown prosecutor, Debbie Buors said the infants were not being “saved”, but argued they were “carelessly packaged” and Giesbrect went to great lengths to try and conceal the remains.