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Actress Zara Phythian and husband accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl

‘Doctor Strange’ Zara Phythian, and her husband, Victor Marke, have been accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl repeatedly after grooming her. Nottinghamshire Post reported that the girl who is now an adult, claims Phythian, 36, and Marke, 59, plied her with alcohol and had sex with her between 2005 and 2008. She also said they filmed some of the encounters in an attempt to recreate pornographic scenes.

The sexual act is claimed to have occurred long ago between 2005 and 2008, before the couple were married and when they were both martial arts instructors in Nottingham.

In a police interview with the woman which was played to jurors at Nottingham Crown Court where she described details of the alleged sexual offences when she was aged between 13 and 15. She claimed that the first offences happened after the couple gave her alcohol to drink. Phythian then gave her husband oral sex and asked the child to join in. She said Marke then had sex with both of them. She told the police;

‘I knew it was not right but I didn’t know how to get out of the situation or even 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 young girl also believed that she was being ‘coached’ by Phythian to get better at the sexual activity, the court was told.

Victor faces four allegations, all denied, of historic indecent assault. He is jointly charged with his wife of 14 denied allegations of sexual activity with a different girl.


The girl calculated that Marke, a coach in martial arts and Taekwondo at a very high level, has had sex with her about 20 times on several occasions. As the alleged abuse continued, she said Marke threatened to smash her kneecaps if she told anyone, reports the BBC. ‘He just said nobody would believe me if I told them anyway,’ she told police. ‘They always had a power over me.’

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