An American college student was given three years probation for stabbing her blind date at a Las Vegas hotel in retaliation for a deadly US drone strike that targeted an Iranian commander.
Nika Nikoubin, 23, was indicted on attempted murder and other charges for stabbing her Plenty of Fish dating app partner, Daniel Trevino, in the neck while they had sex in a hotel room in March 2022, The New York Post reports.
She pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment with the use of a deadly weapon.
Judge Carli Kierny cited Nikoubin’s mental health struggles as a reason that she was offered probation in Texas, 8 News Now reported. The young woman suffered from severe depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Her lawyer said the stabbing incident was a psychotic episode.
Nikoubin told the judge she had been raped when she was 18 years old and she “did not fully realise the impact that this experience had on me and my mental health deteriorated.” She also claimed she had been in a mental health facility for 10 days prior to meeting Trevino at the hotel.
While in court, she apologised to her victim, saying: “Most importantly your honour, I want to express my deepest apologies to the victim, Daniel, and to the state of Nevada, for the harm that I have caused.”
Trevino also spoke in court, telling the judge he had “scars to show” for the ordeal, according to 8 News Now.
He previously told investigators he had “chosen to forgive” her, but would leave it to the law to determine the consequences.
Nikoubin and Trevino met on the dating app and decided to get a room at the hotel together. While having sex, the Texas student blinded Trevino before stabbing him in the neck.
Nikoubin, who came to the US from Iran at the age of 12, told law enforcement officials she’d stabbed her date with a pink kitchen knife for revenge over the death of Qasem Soleimani in 2020, adding she stabbed Trevino out of “spite and revenge.”
“I mean the U.S. killed Soleimani. Lots of blood spilt, so, I feel like, it’s fair that American blood be spilt,” she said at the time.
“We were drinking a little bit and then — I guess we started to get into it and then I stabbed him,” Nikoubin says in the footage, obtained by KLAS.
She also claimed she did not want to kill Trevino, only “hurt” him.
Former President Donald Trump called for Soleimani’s assassination because he was the “number one terrorist anywhere in the world.”
This article originally appeared in The New York Post and was reproduced here with permission.