POLITICS

Winnipeg woman charged after infants found in storage locker granted bail

04/24/2015 02:40 EDT | Updated 07/23/2015 07:59 EDT
WINNIPEG - A woman accused of hiding the remains of six infants in a Winnipeg storage locker was granted bail Friday.

Andrea Giesbrecht, 41, was ordered to keep the peace, report any pregnancies to authorities, and live under the supervision of the Elizabeth Fry Society until her trial, tentatively set for next April. She will also have a strict curfew.

Bail was set at $15,000.

Giesbrecht's lawyer, Greg Brodsky, said outside court it's a much better arrangement than staying in jail.

"It's going to help her because she's got a supportive environment to live in," he told reporters.

"She's going to be attending Gamblers Anonymous, she's going to be attending counselling as directed by the supervisors who are going to be with her."

The case has been a mystery since it captured national headlines last October, when employees at the storage facility discovered what appeared to be human remains inside plastic containers and garbage bags and called police.

Brodsky has maintained from the beginning that there are no signs of foul play and no evidence that the infants had been born alive. He has also said the remains likely dated back at least a decade.

Evidence presented at Friday's bail hearing cannot be reported due to a court-ordered publication ban.

Giesbrecht sat quietly, but attentively at the hearing.

Brodsky said the reason the bail hearing came six months after Giesbrecht's arrest was because of the flow of evidence from the Crown.

"The disclosure didn't come as fast as I would like. When we had sufficient disclosure in order to make a bail application, we did."

Giesbrecht also faces unrelated fraud charges and a count of breaching a court order.