TV fitness guru Usanga pleads not guilty to attacking former girlfriend
TV FITNESS guru Francis Usanga has pleaded not guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and will go on trial in November.
The 29-year-old former Today show fitness expert with an address at Lanesboro, Finglas in north Dublin is accused of assault causing harm to model Emma Murphy. The attack allegedly took place at FX Fitness gym in Santry in north Dublin on July 3 last year.
The charge is under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. He made his third appearance Dublin District Court on Thursday.
Mother-of-two, Ms Murphy (26) a model and fitness blogger, did not attend the proceedings but had been present for an earlier hearing.
Dressed in a black coat, yellow T-shirt, grey trousers and black runners, Mr Usanga remained silent during the hearing. The prosecution had already been ordered to provide disclosure of evidence to the defence.
His solicitor Daniel Hanahoe told Judge Hugh O'Donnell that a hearing date was required. He confirmed, when asked by the judge, that his client was pleading not guilty to the charge
Judge O'Donnell ordered that the non-jury district court trial would take place on a date in November.