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Francis Usanga could face deportation over assault on Emma Murphy

Francis Usanga
Francis Usanga

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.

Emma has appeared on ITV and TV3 since posting her video to Facebook

Sources have confirmed that the Nigerian’s current ‘Stamp 4’ permission to remain in Ireland expires in early September.

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

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.

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.

“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.

“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. 

WATCH: Francis Usanaga apologises to Emma

“I lost the head...I pushed her really hard in the face. ...it was with an open hand,” he said, adding there had been two other violent altercations with Ms Murphy in the past.

“It was pretty violent and there’s no excuse at all and I’m extremely sorry for that.”

However appearing on ITV’s Loose Women earlier in the week Emma rejected the apology.

“I’m really hurt – really, really hurt that he didn’t apologise to me,” she said.

WATCH: Francis Usanga's showreel featuring scenes of domestic violence