When I close my eyes, I see the gun in my face. I was smiling and said hello and she said, ‘give me all your money or I’m going to shoot you’.
Graham was also served a three-strikes warning.
Speaking on Graham’s behalf, her defence lawyer described her offending as ‘‘ clumsy’’; plagued by drug and alcohol abuse.
She was heavily intoxicated and confused on the night.
Graham had been ‘‘extremely deprived’’ of emotional support from people who should have cared more for her from an early age, and had since sought to ‘‘ anaesthetise’’ herself from childhood issues.
She felt ‘‘ very remorseful’’ about the ‘‘significant trauma’’ she caused to the dairy owner.
She had hoped to meet her victim through a restorative justice process to apologise and let the shopkeeper know she had nothing further to fear from her.
Speaking to the paper soon after the robbery, Khan described herself as a strong and independent woman left feeling deeply afraid.
‘‘When I close my eyes, I see the gun in my face’’, she said.
‘‘I was smiling and said hello and she said, ‘ give me all your money or I’m going to shoot you’. I said, ‘you’ve got to be joking, love’. She said, ‘ hurry up or I’ll shoot you’.
‘‘Imagine it’s you with the gun in your face. ‘‘You don’t know it’s not real. ‘‘I was terrified she could kill me.’’
Khan, who had been in Wainuiomata for 26 years, and saw her customers as friends and family, did not recognise the woman.