Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Life Takes a Vicious Tumble; Innocent Victim in Armed Robbery Still Cowering at Home a Week Later

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Life Takes a Vicious Tumble; Innocent Victim in Armed Robbery Still Cowering at Home a Week Later

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Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au

A YOUNG woman who had a machete thrust in her face and her wallet stolen during an armed robbery at Goonellabah Video Ezy last week hasn't been able to sleep or enter a shop alone since the violent incident.

The 25-year-old aspiring singer, who asked to remain anonymous, stopped in to pick up a DVD on her way home from work last Wednesday week, just moments before two masked bandits burst in brandishing a shotgun and a machete.

Her life hasn't been the same since.

"All I can think of is that first moment they stormed in" she said, speaking from her mother's home a week after the terrifying incident.

The bandits forced her to the floor while they robbed the cash register, physically terrifying her and the 19-year-old female shop attendant who was closing up at the time.

"At first I thought it was some drunk person yelling and then I realised they had masks and the guy had a gun," she said.

"He pointed the gun at me and yelled at me to get on the ground."

Speaking for the first time since the ordeal, the independent young woman, who once chased a bag-snatcher through the streets of Brisbane to get her belongings back, is struggling to come to terms with the ordeal.

So far she has only taken one day off work and appears visibly annoyed with herself for not 'coping better'.

"I didn't sleep at all for the first three days," she said.

"It's made me really nervous. Some days I think, God that really did happen.

"When I think about going out I think 'no, someone could easily rob me there'.

"I can only sleep during the day when it's light."

The bandits took her wallet with her ID, credit cards and several hundred dollars cash, before stealing the shop attendant's car to escape.

"It scares me to think they know who I am but it was worse for her. …

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