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Francis Usanga's mother: 'I believed I would lose him that day and I fear it every day since'

Published 02/08/2015 | 11:22

Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Emma Murphy in the video she posted online.
Emma Murphy Pic: Facebook
Emma Murphy
Emma Murphy
Emma Murphy and Francis Usanga
Emma Murphy (Photo: TV3)

TV fitness coach Francis Usanga's mother has spoken of how she feared her son would take his own life in the wake of allegations of domestic abuse.

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The 29-year-old's former partner Emma Murphy posted an online video last month in which she outlined how she had been brutally attacked by him.

The 26-year-old's hearbreaking video went viral worldwide, and Ms Murphy appeared on ITV's Loose Women where she was applauded for her bravery.

Days after the video was published, Mr Usanga admitted to hitting the young mother and said he would like to apologise to her and her family and friends.

Ms Murphy however rejected the 29-year-old fitness instructor’s apology, saying that she was “really hurt, really really hurt that he didn’t apologise” to her personally.

Today, Mr Usanga's mother Imma Ndey told the Irish Sun on Sunday that she believed she would lose her son when the allegations came to light.

"I believed I would lose him that day and I fear it every day since," she said.

"All day I rang his phone and prayed to God he would answer and come home to me alive."

Ms Ndey said her son is now attending anger management classes and she hopes he will be able to live a normal life again.

"I will never and have never condoned violence, and my son was wrong for what he did to Emma."

"Francis has taken responsibility for his actions and is attending anger-management classes. Please let him learn from his mistake and grow to be a better person and father."

"He made a mistake but he is not, and never was, a bad person or a person deserving of such terrible and painful intimidation and condemnation."

Ms Ndey said she believes her son has lost everything, but he can pick up the pieces.

"Living in Ireland had been great and positive. We could not have asked for a more loving society."

"Francis' life in Ireland has been spent contributing to society in sport, charity work."

"He has lost everything he strived to achieve in his life."

"I so desperately want him to live again and to be a man and a father to those kids and be a good citizen."

 The Women's Aid freephone helpline is 1800 341900.

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