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Jury fails to reach verdict in Balsevics rape trial

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A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a former Wisbech mayor accused of two counts of rape.

The judge dismissed the jury at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday after being told they were unable to come to a verdict.

Cllr Aigars Balsevics, 40, a Wisbech town councillor and former mayor, had been accused of raping a woman twice in May 2021.

The trial began on October 19; Balsevics denied both charges and agrees he had sex with the woman, but it was consensual.

The CPS will decide by October 31 if there will be a retrial.  

Balsevics, of Burcroft Road, Wisbech, was suspended from the Conservative Party after he was charged but he remains an independent member of Wisbech town council.

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