Sunday 18 March 2018

Francis Usanga could face deportation over assault on Dublin mum Emma Murphy

Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Emma Murphy in the video she posted online.

Nicola Tallant

TV fitness coach Francis Usanga could face deportation from Ireland if convicted of the assault on former girlfriend Emma Murphy, the Sunday World has learned.

And Immigration Service officials have now placed a warning on his file regarding his status as a suspect in a domestic abuse investigation.

'In one way, Emma Murphy is better off than some victims. She has a black eye. Something to show'
'In one way, Emma Murphy is better off than some victims. She has a black eye. Something to show'

The note is understood to be an advisory to Usanga’s case-worker on the fact gardai are investigating the 29-year-old in connection over alleged domestic abuse.

Read more here: Brave Irish mum Emma Murphy praises her children for helping her overcome attack by former partner 

Francis Usanga
Francis Usanga

A source confirmed to the Sunday World: “Permission to reside cannot be revoked in normal circumstances but it can be allowed to expire and then not be renewed.

“Permission to reside in this particular case is not automatically renewed.

Emma Murphy
Emma Murphy

“In this particular case the individual in question has been granted a ‘Stamp 4’ that allows him to work freely and set up a business in this country.

Read more here: ‘I’m really hurt he didn’t apologise to me personally’ – Emma Murphy on Francis Usanga apology 

“However, as with permission granted to all non EEA persons  permission to reside is granted on the basis that the individual obeys the laws of the country and is not a danger to the public.

“A warning regarding the current situation has been placed on his file as an advisory to the case officer dealing with his case.

“A lot would depend on the outcome of the Garda investigation but the case is complicated by the fact the individual has children in this country.”

Earlier this month TV instructor Usanga was questioned for 90 minutes by gardai investigating his alleged attack on his ex-partner.

Usanga was interviewed under caution by officers at Ballymun Garda station in Dublin after he went to the station ‘by arrangement’.

It’s understood Usanga made ‘certain admissions’ during the voluntary interview about the alleged attack of Emma Murphy, the mother of his two children.

In an exclusive interview with  the Sunday World Usanga had earlier told this newspaper: “I should never have raised my hand to her.

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