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Former Wisbech mayor convicted of rape





A former 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.

Former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics has been convicted of rape and is awaiting sentencing.
Former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics has been convicted of rape and is awaiting sentencing.

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.

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

Aigars Balsevics was the first Eastern European to wear the chain of office as mayor of Wisbech in May 2020.
Aigars Balsevics was the first Eastern European to wear the chain of office as mayor of Wisbech in May 2020.

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.

Former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics has been convicted of rape and is awaiting sentencing.
Former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics has been convicted of rape and is awaiting sentencing.

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.

“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.”

Former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics has been convicted of rape and is awaiting sentencing.
Former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics has been convicted of rape and is awaiting sentencing.

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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