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Elias Hubbard
July 15, 2017

"These were not victimless crimes", provincial court Judge Murray Thompson said in his decision Friday, speaking about the lengthy police investigation and court case that began after Giesbrecht failed to make rental payments on the storage locker that contained the dead bodies within bags and plastic totes. The remains were found October 20, 2014, by employees at the facility after the woman failed to pay her bill.

Giesbrecht was convicted earlier this year on six counts of concealing the dead body of a child.

Thompson said each of the six infants represented six separate offences and Giesbrecht's moral culpability increased after the first offence.

The prosecution had asked for 11 years, one year shy of the maximum sentence.

"She's very upset with the fact that she's going to be away from her children and her family for a longer period of time", he said. Her defence lawyer had argued his client should avoid further jail time.

If the request is denied, Giesbrecht will be sentenced in the afternoon.

"These were newly delivered infants, our most vulnerable".

"Giesbrecht knew these children were likely to have been born alive and she wished to hide the fact of their delivery and existence".

"She knew she had medical options and chose not to access them".

The judge also dismissed the possibility of a non-custodial sentence, noting Giesbrecht has a history of deceiving others, including convictions for fraud.

Brodsky said he would recommend an appeal, but did not commit to it, saying they will digest Thompson's judgment before deciding their next action.

He will advise Giesbrecht to appeal the sentence.

The sentencing happened after the judge rejected a motion to dismiss the case due to the length of time it took to conclude. Giesbrecht's trial took 33 months.

Outside the Law Courts building, defence lawyer Greg Brodsky said his client was reeling from the decision.

If her sentencing goes ahead as planned, Global News will be live-streaming the decision starting at 1 p.m.

He didn't elaborate on the case or its relevance to Giesbrecht. "Ideally, this should've been brought down when the trial dates were first booked".

Andrea Giesbrecht's lawyer, Greg Brodsky, wants the conviction tossed because he said the case took too long.

"It was set down, then it was set down again, and it was set down again". She spent about six months in custody after her arrest, for which she was given time-and-a-half credit.

"It is hard to describe the disturbing impact of viewing the remains or photographs of fully formed, decomposing fetuses and their autopsies".

Medical experts testified the infants were Giesbrecht's and were likely to have been born alive, but the remains were too decomposed to determine how they died.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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