But in 2017 she was arrested alongside Marke, when a woman came forward alleging the couple had repeatedly sexually abused her from the age of 13.
Sentencing the couple the judge said he believed Marke was the “driving force” behind the abuse and said Phythian’s “deviance” had been shaped by her husband.
“Whilst you denied in cross-examination that you were besotted with Victor Marke, on the evidence I have heard I am in no doubt that your deviance was shaped by the influence that he had upon you from an early age.
“I cannot ignore that it started at a time when you were still young.”
But the judge added: “Having said that, none of this excuses what you did – these were choices you made.
“You were by then successful in your own right. You chose to play your part.”
As she was led away to the cells, Phythian waved at the public gallery, where a woman shouted: “I love you, Zara.”