The lady shoved against the side of a moving train by a stranger was left “immediately paralyzed” by the unprovoked assault, prosecutors stated Wednesday — as her husband issued a determined plea for the town to prioritize security on the subways.
Ferdi Ozsoy, 37, stated the near-fatal assault on his wife, Emine Ozsoy, 35, at a subway station in “the guts of Manhattan” on Sunday “underscores the urgent want for enchancment throughout the MTA.”
“It is essential for the mayor [Eric Adams] to acknowledge that prioritizing the security and safety of the town’s residents is important for his or her effectively being-and prosperity,” Ferdi stated in a press release.
“We should guarantee the power to safeguard people, together with family members like my spouse,” he stated.
His spouse was on her technique to work round 6 a.m. May 21 when her alleged attacker, Kamal Semrade, 39, suddenly pushed her head in opposition to a departing subway automotive on the Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street station on the Upper East Side.
Emine was “immediately paralyzed” from the neck down, prosecutors stated in Manhattan Criminal Court at Semrade’s arraignment early Wednesday on costs of tried homicide and assault.
“The defendant grabbed her head with each arms and shoved her with all his drive into the transferring subway,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Carolyn McGuigan advised the courtroom.
“The sufferer hit the practice and her face and head rolled alongside it. [She] then crashed again to the platform the place she was immediately paralyzed.”
Emine, who works as an illustrator and worker at a café, was left clinging to life, with a cervical backbone fracture, damaged fingers and injury to 4 blood vessels, the prosecutor stated.
The ordeal has left her husband reeling and remembering happier instances along with his spouse, who moved to the Big Apple from Turkey in 2017.
“The first time we have been strolling in Manhattan after arriving right here, we have been strolling on the sidewalk and I requested her what she thought,” Ferdi stated of his spouse.
“She stated, ‘I can suppose for myself. The sidewalks are so large I don’t have to fret about something that may occur to me. I’ve time to suppose for myself as an alternative of fear about what’s occurring round me.’”
Emine needed to “construct a group in NYC, the place she may acknowledge native individuals’s faces,” prompting her to work at a café, Ferdi stated.
“Her boss advised me this story. When he first interviewed her, her English wasn’t that nice. He advised her that and stated it’s not going to be straightforward to speak with prospects. ‘You give me the possibility to show myself and I’ll present you,’ she stated,” based on her husband.
“She has met many challenges head-on. She is an individual who has power, who has resolve, who is decided,” he continued.
“And all of that was taken from her!”
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