Wednesday 28 September 2016

Former fitness expert and model appears in court charged with assault of former girlfriend

Patrick O Connell

Published 30/03/2016 | 12:05

Francis Usanga outside court today (Photo: Sunday World)
Francis Usanga outside court today (Photo: Sunday World)

A 29-year-old former RTE fitness guru and model appeared in court this morning charged with assault causing harm to his former girlfriend.

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Former Today show fitness expert Francis Xavier Usanga of Lanesboro, Finglas, north Dublin appeared before court 46 of Dublin District Court charged with assault causing harm, contrary to section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Act, on Emma Murphy at FX Fitness in Santry on July 3rd last.

Det Sgt Michael Mulligan of Santry Garda Station told the court the DPP has directed summary disposal in the matter meaning it can be dealt with at District Court level.

Judge Patricia McNamara asked if the defence wished for jurisdiction to be decided today.

Defence solicitor Daniel Hanahoe asked the judge not to decide on jurisdiction as he was seeking a disclosure order.

Judge McNamara consented to the disclosure request and adjourned the case to May 5th for jurisdiction to be decided.

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)

Legal aid was granted after a statement of means was handed in and the judge noted the defendant is currently unemployed.

Usanga who was dressed in a grey V-neck t-shirt, grey blazer and blue jeans made no comment during the brief hearing other than to nod at his solicitor to indicate the date suited him.

An outline of the facts may be heard on the next date.

Mum-of-two Emma - a former model and fitness blogger - sat alone in the public gallery throughout the hearing.

Nigerian born Mr Usanga has previously appeared in TV3’s Red Rock series and has also appeared as a fitness trainer on RTÉ’s The Today Show presented by Daithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane on a number of occasions.

The former BScene model and socialite also appeared in Jennifer Maguire’s axed dating series, One Night Stand, in 2010.

He formerly was employed at FX Fitness, in Santry, north Dublin.

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