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’.

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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.

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