A former mayor of Wisbech has been jailed for more than six years for raping a woman at her home.

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

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

Balsevics, of Burcroft Road in Wisbech, denied two charges of rape but he was found guilty on July 31 at Peterborough Crown Court.

Eastern Daily Press: Aigars Balsevics raped the woman twiceAigars Balsevics raped the woman twice (Image: Cambridgeshire Police)

Today (August 11) at the same court he was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

DC Katie Housham said: “I would like to commend the victim for her bravery throughout the court process.

"I hope the conviction and subsequent jail sentence 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.”