Woman who stored re­mains of six in­fants in stor­age locker shows no re­morse: Crown

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

The Crown says a woman con­victed of con­ceal­ing the bod­ies of six in­fants in a rented Win­nipeg stor­age locker has shown no re­morse for her ac­tions and should be sen­tenced to 11 years in jail.

Crown at­tor­ney Deb­bie Buors told An­drea Gies­brecht’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing the 43-yearold care­fully hid all six preg­nan­cies, placed the re­mains in bags and plas­tic con­tain­ers and car­ried them to a U-haul stor­age locker.

“There was no dig­nity given to those in­di­vid­u­als, those fe­tuses,” Buors told court Fri­day.

“There has been no re­morse shown by An­drea Gies­brecht.”

Gies­brecht was ar­rested in Oc­to­ber 2014 af­ter she de­faulted on pay­ing rent for the stor­age locker. Staff, who were to auc­tion off the locker’s con­tents, opened a plas­tic bin, no­ticed a strange smell and called po­lice.

Med­i­cal ex­perts tes­ti­fied the in­fants were Gies­brecht’s, were at or near full-term, and were likely to have been born alive.

But be­cause the re­mains were badly de­com­posed, it was im­pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine how the in­fants died.

Gies­brecht’s mo­tive re­mains a mys­tery. She did not tes­tify at her trial, where she was con­victed ear­lier this year of six counts of con­ceal­ing the dead body of a child, and the de­fence did not call any wit­nesses.

Her lawyer, Greg Brod­sky, dis­puted the idea that the in­fants were born alive and said Gies­brecht was stor­ing the re­mains in or­der to save them.

But the judge re­jected that as­ser­tion, not­ing that Gies­brecht went to great lengths to hide her preg­nan­cies from her fam­ily and oth­ers, and knew about be­ing preg­nant and de­liv­er­ing ba­bies. She had her two chil­dren in hos­pi­tal. She also had 10 le­gal abor­tions.

Buors said there is noth­ing in Gies­brecht’s past to ex­plain her ac­tions.

“She had a very nor­mal up­bring­ing. There was no his­tory of abuse.”

Gies­brecht also has no ad­dic­tion is­sues other than a gam­bling prob­lem re­lated to an ear­lier fraud con­vic­tion, Buors added. She vi­o­lated a pro­ba­tion or­der from that con­vic­tion by go­ing to a casino in 2014.

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