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A former Conservative mayor of Wisbech has been convicted of raping a woman at her home in the town.

Aigars Balsevics, 42, went to the woman’s home on 24 May 2021.

While there he raped the victim, despite her crying and repeatedly telling him no.

When she tried to get away Balsevics stopped her from leaving the room and raped her again.

After the attack, the distressed victim contacted two friends who arrived at the property and Balsevics left.

Former Wisbech mayor and former Tory councillor Aigars Balsevics who has been convicted of rape. Custody photo released by Cambridgeshire Police

Former Wisbech mayor and former Tory councillor Aigars Balsevics who has been convicted of rape. Custody photo released by Cambridgeshire Police

The woman reported what happened to police and Balsevics was arrested in the early hours of the following day (25 May).

Balsevics, of Burcroft Road, Wisbech, denied two charges of rape and went on trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Yesterday (31 July) he was found guilty on both counts.

He will be sentenced at the same court on 11 August.

DC Katie Housham said: “I would like to commend the victim for her bravery throughout and I hope this conviction will help her as she tries to rebuild her life.

Former Conservative Mayor of Wisbech, Aigars Balsevics, of Burcroft Road, Wisbech, denied two charges of rape and went on trial at Peterborough Crown Court. Yesterday (31 July) he was found guilty on both counts.


Former Conservative Mayor of Wisbech, Aigars Balsevics, of Burcroft Road, Wisbech, denied two charges of rape and went on trial at Peterborough Crown Court. Yesterday (31 July) he was found guilty on both counts. PHOTO: Terry Harris

“Balsevics ignored her repeated pleas for him to stop and even refused to let her leave when she tried to get away. I’m pleased he has now faced justice for his actions.

“I would like to encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to report it to the police. Your report will be taken very seriously, and we will always treat you with the utmost sensitivity and respect.”

Survivors of sexual violence can have confidence the police and other partner agencies will support them throughout the investigation and criminal justice process.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a serious sexual offence, there are support options available on Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s rape and sexual assault page.

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