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Brave Emma Murphy's estranged partner says he 'is not a violent person'

Young mother Emma Murphy widely praised for 'outing' former partner as attacker in Facebook video

Published 08/07/2015 | 08:46

Francis Usanga and Emma Murphy in an older picture on Emma's Facebook account Pic: Facebook
Francis Usanga and Emma Murphy in an older picture on Emma's Facebook account Pic: Facebook

Brave Dublin mum Emma Murphy took a stand against her partner’s physical abuse because she "needed to be a role model" for her children. 

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The young mother-of-two (26) said she had ignored earlier violence at the hands of Francis Usanga because she wanted to have the “perfect family”.

“I was that person; I didn’t think it was a big deal until this event happened. It’s so hard because everyone wants to have the perfect family.

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“But I knew it in my heart that I needed to get away because it was unhealthy, I knew I needed to break away and be a good role model for my kids.”

Speaking on TV3, the Dublin mum said she knew she had made the right decision to leave because of the amount of support she had received from around the world.

“No family is perfect… and looking at my little boy it kills me. I’m so sadden because they’re not going to have their mammy and daddy together anymore.

“But after what happened, I needed the strength from somewhere, and by posting the video that I did, I’ve reached so many people from around the world saying ‘Thank you. Thank you.

“It showed me it was a big deal. It’s a huge deal, I know this because of the amount of mail I’ve gotten from people.”

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Advising other victims of domestic violence to leave their partners Ms Murpgy added: “Do what I did, run straight to your family and friends and tell them you need them around you.

“This gave me the strength and courage I needed. I realised I wasn’t on my own and that I could do this.”

Ms Murphy’s former Francis Usanga has admitted he had an altercation with her.

However bodybuilder and budding actor Francis Usanga (28) claimed he pushed the mum of two and did not punch her.

Speaking to the 'Irish Sun', gym owner Usanga, who is due to become a father for the third time this week with another woman, said he pushed Emma but is insistent he did not punch her.

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Emma Murphy Credit: TV3
Emma Murphy Credit: TV3

He contends her bruised eye may have occurred as a result of her falling over after the incident.

He told the newspaper: "Yes I did push her. I pushed her, I didn't punch her. It was just the force.

"I did sleep with someone else. But I did not punch and I absolutely did not split her head open.

"I know nobody will believe me but I am not a violent person. I never, ever want to hurt anyone," he said.

Emma, who is mother to two young children with Usanga, made a series of claims in a video she posted to Facebook which has since gone viral and has nearly been viewed almost million times. She has received worldwide support and praise for taking a stand against domestic violence.

Emma Murphy goes through a range of emotions in this series of screengrabs from the video she posted on Facebook which was recorded on the stairs of her home in Ballymun
Emma Murphy goes through a range of emotions in this series of screengrabs from the video she posted on Facebook which was recorded on the stairs of her home in Ballymun

In the video, Emma claimed Usanga punched her in the face after she confronted him about cheating on her.

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Emma told people she had decided to post the video after much thought and consideration. The video shows Emma sitting on the stairway of house tearfully telling people how Usanga was the love of her life, but she could never go back to him again following the alleged incident.

She also claimed that he "split" her head open on a previous occasion - something Usanga stenuously denied.

Emma Murphy Credit: TV3
Emma Murphy Credit: TV3

Usanga is well known throughout the fitness community in Dublin.

He owns a gym and has appeared as a fitness expert on RTE programme 'Today'.

He also played a doctor in TV3 soap 'Red Rock' earlier this year.

Emma Murphy
Pic: Facebook
Emma Murphy Pic: Facebook

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