A TERRIFIED shopper had to barricade herself inside a fish and chip shop after a woman chased her armed with a weapon.

Sabina Khanom then made a stabbing motion and pressed her face against the window of the takeaway at Bettws Shopping Centre in Newport.

The 26-year-old confronted her victim at around 4.30pm after the complainant sat down on a bench to have a cigarette when she finished her shopping.

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Jenny Yeo, prosecuting, told Cardiff Crown Court: “Her attention was drawn to a male and female – this defendant – to her righthand side.

“The woman was calling a group of 10-year-old girls prostitutes and commented on the clothing they were wearing.

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“The defendant then shouted at the victim, ‘What are you looking at?’

“The complainant replied, ‘What are you looking at?’

“The defendant then drew a pink item and ran towards the victim who ran into a fish bar and held the door.”

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Mrs Yeo added: “She tapped the weapon on the window and made a stabbing motion.

“She pressed her face against the window and said, ‘You’re scared now.’”

The weapon Khanom was armed with was a hair removal tool.

The prosecutor said: “The victim is terrified to go back to Bettws Shopping Centre and she was scared the defendant might have used the weapon.

“She suffered serious alarm and distress.”

Khanom, of Darent Road, Bettws, Newport, pleaded guilty to possession of a blade/sharply pointed article in public and public disorder on July 10.

The court was told the defendant had seven previous convictions for nine offences, including threats to kill and affray.

Joshua Scouller, representing Khanom, said: “This was an unpleasant situation and she is sorry and remorseful.

“The defendant has little recollection of what happened.

“This was, mercifully, a short-lived incident and no physical harm was caused.

“She has an incredibly troubled background.”

Judge Catherine Richards told Khanom: “You caused significant fear and distress to an innocent woman doing her shopping.

“You chased her brandishing a pink item and you were under the influence of alcohol at the time.”

The defendant was jailed for eight months, suspended for 12 months.

She was ordered to complete a 30-day rehabilitation activity order and pay a £156 victim surcharge.