The jogger who was raped and beaten during a "wilding" attack in Central Park emerged in public for the first time Monday to testify against her attackers and about the injuries she suffered.
The blond woman appeared to bear signs of her attack, with a scar visible under her left eye. She spoke in a clear and firm voice as she told about waking up in a hospital days after the brutal April 19, 1989, attack.State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Galligan granted the jogger's request that courtroom artists not make any sketches of her, saying it was a "minimal" request that the media should honor. News organizations have withheld the woman's identity from the public because of the nature of the crime.
The woman described her habit of jogging in Central Park but said she did not remember anything from the night of the attack until more than a month later, when she regained consciousness in the hospital the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
Three youths are on trial in the attack on the young investment banker. Antron McCray, 16, Yusef Salaam, 16, and Raymond Santana, 15, have been charged with 13 criminal counts, including attempted murder, rape and sodomy.
Three other youths were expected to be tried at a later date.
The 30-year-old woman, who has since resumed her job and has been promoted to vice president at the Salomon Brothers Inc. investment bank, was found the night of the attack lying in a mud puddle, bound, gagged and naked.
The jogger told the jury of her ordeal since the night of the attack.
"I have problems with balance when walking (and) veer off to the right or left," she said.
"I also lost my sense of smell completely and totally," she testified. "I also suffer from double vision."