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Doctor Strange actress sentenced to 8 years in jail for sexually abusing schoolgirl with her husband

Doctor Strange actress sentenced to 8 years in jail for sexually abusing schoolgirl with her husband

Doctor Strange actress, Zara Phythian has been jailed for eight years for sexually abusing a teenage schoolgirl.

 

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Her husband, Victor Marke was sentenced to 14 years in jail for abusing the same girl, who was aged between 13 and 15, and indecently assaulting a second girl.

 

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Phythian, 37, who featured in the 2016 Marvel blockbuster Doctor Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, May 16.

 

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Jurors heard the couple abused the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, “once or twice a month” from 2005 and plied her with alcohol during a three-year ordeal.

 

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Passing sentence, Judge Mark Watson told the pair he believed the abuse was pre-planned – and Marke, 59, was the “driving force” behind it.

 

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Doctor Strange actress sentenced to 8 years in jail for sexually abusing schoolgirl with her husband

 

Phythian and Marke, both sports coaches, were convicted of 14 counts of sexual activity with a child. 

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Marke was also found guilty of indecent assault charges relating to another underage girl who was abused on at least eight occasions between 2002 and 2003.

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Jurors heard the abuse of the couple’s joint victim began when Phythian, then in her early 20s, asked her to “play dare” and invited her to copy a sex act she performed on Marke.

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The victim said Marke threatened her and ordered her to film some of the abuse at the hands of the couple.

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After her sentencing, Phythian waved at the public gallery, where a woman shouted, “I love you, Zara,” as the actress was led away to the cells.

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