COURT: Man who raped elderly woman in her Harrogate home launches appeal against sentence

A drunken rapist who forced himself an 86-year-old widow has been told by top judges he has 'no hope' of overturning his conviction.
A drunken rapist who forced himself an 86-year-old widow has been told by top judges he has 'no hope' of overturning his conviction.

A drunken rapist who forced himself on an 86-year-old widow has been told by top judges he has 'no hope' of overturning his conviction.

Arnoldas Loveikis tricked his way into the Harrogate home of the victim, who lived with Alzheimer's disease, before raping her.

The 58-year-old Lithuanian, of no fixed address, was jailed for eight years at York Crown Court in December 2009, after being found guilty of rape.

He today launched a bid to clear his name, arguing his trial was 'unfair' and claiming to have unearthed 'fresh evidence' which cast doubt on the jury's verdict.

But his complaints were thrown out by three Appeal Court judges, who described them as 'hopeless'.

Loveikis attacked the vulnerable pensioner after spending the day drinking. He went to her home and the confused victim let him in.

He then chatted to her and asked her if she liked sex, before taking her upstairs and raping her when she replied that she did.

Loveikis insisted that the sex was consensual, but the jury rejected his version of events.

He was still inside the woman's home the next day when he was caught - wearing just his underwear.

A concerned neighbour who heard a male voice had rung the victim's carers, who contacted police.

In written documents, prepared by himself, Loveikis complained that papers in his trial were not all translated and that the judge was biased against him.

He also argued that key evidence was not put before jurors and that he had fresh material which supported his defence.

But Mrs Justice Thirlwall, sitting with Lord Justice Elias and Mr Justice Dove, rejected his challenge.

She told the court in London: "We are quite satisfied that there is nothing arguable in his grounds of appeal."