Celebrity Actress Zara Phythian Charged for Child Sex Abuse Isolated in Prison for Safety

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Zara Phythian, a celebrity actress who plays Doctor Strange in the 2016 Marvel film, has been held in isolation at the Foston Hall jail ‘for her own safety’ after being sentenced to eight years in prison for sex abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

The 36-year-old actress has reportedly been sobbing on the phone to her father Andy and is now being monitored on an hourly basis for health reasons after concerns were raised, MailOnline reported in an exclusive. Because she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and until she is moved into a single cell, guards will continue checking on her every hour. Her family believes she will appeal her eight-year sentence.

Derbyshire’s Foston Hall is notorious for its high levels of violence and self-harm, and has housed infamous female offenders such as Maxine Carr and Karen Matthews, who notoriously engineered her own daughter’s kidnapping. Since 2019, two convicts have taken their own lives while serving terms in the prison due to high levels of violence and self-harm.

Phythian was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of dousing her adolescent victim in rum before forcing her to indulge in a sex act on her partner.

Victor Marke, Phythian’s husband, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for jointly abusing the victim as well as indecently assaulting another girl. The unnamed victim of Phythian and Marke characterized the couple as ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personalities who threatened her while ordering her to videotape the abuse.

The couple from Nottinghamshire was found guilty of 14 acts of sexual activity, and Marke was also found guilty of indecent assault on four counts on another teen.

Between 2002 and 2003, Marke was accused of four charges of indecently assaulting a child and from 2005 to 2008, the couple was accused of 14 charges of sexual activity with a child.

Marke was given a four-year term for abusing the girl alone, and a ten-year sentence for abusing the second victim with Phythian, of Taurus Close, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. For her part in the abuse of the second victim, the celebrity actress Phythian, who was tried under her married name of Zara Marke, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

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