Dr. Strange actress is facing a “considerable” jail sentence after being found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing a schoolgirl.

The bizarre case of Zara Pythian has concluded. A British jury has found the “Doctor Strange” actress and her husband, Victor Marke, guilty of multiple child sex charges. The couple was accused of giving multiple underage girls alcohol and convincing them to perform sex acts.

37-year-old Pythian recently denied the allegations. She said the accusations against her and her husband were ridiculous. The jury did not agree, and now they are both facing serious time behind bars.

The panel of jurors at the Nottingham Crown Court jury returned with a verdict on their decision. The Dr. Strange actress and her husband were found guilty of the sexual offense charges they were facing a month back.

According to reports, the judge intends to pass on a harsh sentence. Pythian was facing 14 counts of child sex abuse. The activity started when the victim was just thirteen years old.

While Phythian’s husband, 59-year-old Victor Marke was found guilty of 18 counts of abuse stemming from incidents with the same girl his wife was convicted of abuse as well as four counts involving a second girl.

However, when the prosecution argued that Marke engaged in numerous “threesomes” with the girl and Phythian, starting when the girl was 13, Marke said that the sexual activity happened only once and Phythian was not involved. However, in her testimony, Zara denied any kind of sexual activity with the girl.

A police interview with a woman was played to jurors at the Nottingham Crown Court in April wherein the girl described details of the “repeated sexual offences” between 2005 and 2008. She alleged that Zara Phythian and Marke piled her with alcohol and repeatedly raped her.

This incident took played before Zara, 36, and Victor, 59 were married. The two were martial arts instructors. The girl, who was 13 years old back then, also confessed that she was filmed during some of the encounters.

In a heavy voice, the anonymous girl said that “I knew it was wrong but I just didn’t know how to get out of the situation or say anything. I remember trying to copy Zara’s reaction at the time because I looked up to her and tried to be like her in every way.”

The court was also told that Mr. Marke was married to a woman called Juliet at the time when this abuse started. However, their marriage broke down after Marke had an affair with Phythian who herself was a teenager when she met Marke.

In addition to this, Victor was also accused of additional charges of indecently assaulting a child concerning a complaint registered by another woman. It came out that the alleged woman was 15 years old when she was abused by Marke between 2002 and 2003.

As the just verdict was delivered, the couple was seen holding their hands tightly in the dock as the sentence was delivered. Phythian looked horrified and wept her tears.

Well, it’s called Karma, isn’t it? Judge Mark Watson remanded both defendants in custody until a hearing to decide on bail or sentence.

Sources: WesternJournal, Daily Mail, Times of London, BBC, Nottingham Post


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