A former mayor of Wisbech has been convicted of raping a woman repeatedly at her home.

Aigars Balsevics, 42, carried on the assault despite her crying and repeatedly telling him "no."

Peterborough Crown Court heard that when she tried to get away Balsevics stopped her from leaving the room and raped her again.

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After the attack on May 24, 2021, the distressed victim contacted two friends who arrived at the property and Balsevics left.

Balsevics was arrested in the early hours of the following day after the women reported the incident to police.

Balsevics, of Burcroft Road, Wisbech, denied two charges of rape and went on trial.

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

He will be sentenced on August 11.

Det Con 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.”

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