Wednesday 17 January 2018

TV fitness coach assaulted his partner following a 'series of rows', court told

Emma Murphy and Francis Usanga
Emma Murphy and Francis Usanga

Andrew Phelan

TV fitness trainer Francis Usanga assaulted and injured his model ex-girlfriend following a “dispute between both parties,” it has been alleged.

Dublin District Court was told, according to the prosecution, there had been a “series of rows” between Mr Usanga (29) and Emma Murphy (26) before the alleged assault.

A judge ruled today the case can be dealt with at district court level after considering a medical report outlining Ms Murphy’s injuries.

Judge John King adjourned the case for further disclosure of prosecution documents to be furnished to the defence.

Mr Usanga, of Lanesboro in Finglas is accused of assault causing harm to Ms Murphy at FX Fitness in Santry on July 3, 2015.

Wearing a navy blazer over an open-necked white shirt, dark grey jeans and black and white runners, he came to the front of the packed court and stood with his hands folded.

It was his second appearance in court on the charge.

The DPP’s directions had previously been issued and the case was before the court for the judge to consider jurisdiction.

This determines whether a case can be heard at district court level or is sent for trial to the circuit court.

Detective Sergeant Michael Mulligan said there was a medical report available and handed this up to Judge King, who examined it.

Defence solicitor Daniel Hanahoe said he had seen the medical report. The judge asked Det Sgt Mulligan if he had anything to add.

“There was an altercation that occurred, following a dispute between both parties,” he said. There had been a series of rows.” “I see no reason why I shouldn’t accept jurisdiction in this case,” the judge said.

Mr Hanahoe said he had recieved no other disclosure apart from the medical report.

Judge King made a full disclosure order. Mr Usanga conferred with Mr Hanahoe on his availability for an adjournment date.

He did not address the court directly during the brief proceedings and has not yet entered a plea to the charge, which is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Mr Hanahoe told Judge King his client was “away from June 11 to July 7.”

Nigerian-born Mr Usanga has appeared on a number of TV shows, including TV3’s Red Rock series and RTÉ’s Today show.

He has already been granted free legal aid after the court was furnished with a statement of his financial means and it was noted that he is currently unemployed.

Ms Murphy was not present in court.

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