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Andrea Giesbrecht guilty of hiding six dead infants in locker

Manitoba provincial court Judge Murray Thompson Image copyright BBC/Manitoba Courts
Image caption Manitoba provincial court Judge Murray Thompson reads verdict in Andrea Giesbrecht trial

A Winnipeg woman has been found guilty of disposing of the remains of six infants in a storage locker.

Andrea Giesbrecht had been charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child. Each charge carries a sentence of up to two years in jail.

Manitoba provincial court Judge Murray Thompson read out his decision on Monday after a months-long trial.

The remains of the infants were found in the locker in October 2014.

Judge Thompson said the evidence presented at trial left "no doubt" that Ms Giesbrecht concealed her pregnancies and the resulting delivery of the six infants.

Employees cleaning out the storage locker in a U-Haul facility called the authorities after making their gruesome discovery.

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Image caption The remains were found at a Winnipeg storage facility

The remains of six full or near full-term foetuses were found in various stages of decomposition. Ms Giesbrecht was arrested soon after the discovery of the remains.

Investigators were unable to determine with certainty the cause of death or whether any of the infants had been born alive.

Judge Thompson said in his decision, which was livestreamed from the courtroom, that "the medical evidence, both statistically and with respect to each child, is that they were likely born alive".

According to her medical records, Ms Giesbrecht did not see a doctor during any of the six pregnancies. Children's toys, children's and infants' clothing and blankets were found alongside the remains in the locker.

"There is no evidence of complication in these pregnancies," the judge said. "All of her actions lead to one conclusion - that Giesbrecht was aware that these children were likely to have been born alive and she wished to conceal the fact of their birth."

The date of Ms Giesbrecht's sentencing has not yet been set.

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