Nika Nikoubin Publishes Book Blaming Las Vegas Stabbing on Hallucinations

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A young woman who attacked her blind date in a hotel room near Las Vegas, blaming her actions on a hallucinogenic episode and a quest for revenge over a U.S. drone strike, has avoided a prison sentence.

In a self-published book released earlier this week, Nika Nikoubin has provided further details about the episode and her continuing battle with mental health issues.

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The Court’s Decision and Subsequent Developments

Earlier this month, Judge Carli Kierny of Clark County District Court handed down a sentence of three years’ probation to the 23-year-old Nikoubin. Initially indicted on charges of attempted murder using a deadly weapon and two counts of battery, she later pled guilty to two counts of false imprisonment involving a weapon.

Nikoubin has now unveiled her book, titled “Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story,” which discusses her ongoing mental health challenges. Diagnosed with severe depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, she provides readers with an intimate look into her mental state throughout the book.

Henderson police arrested Nikoubin, a university student from Texas who had moved to the U.S. from Iran at the age of 12, shortly after the incident that took place on March 5, 2022, at Sunset Station. According to an arrest report, Nikoubin and the victim had met through the online dating platform Plenty of Fish and had subsequently booked a hotel room together.

The report details that while in the room, Nikoubin blindfolded her date and proceeded to turn off the lights. Moments later, she cut the man’s neck.

While checking in at the hotel lobby, I saw a woman and heard her say, ‘I bet she is gonna slit his throat during sex.’ Looking back now, I know I was hallucinating.

Nika NikoubinUniversity Student from Texas

Photographs presented to the grand jury revealed two puncture wounds on the victim’s neck. In her narrative, Nikoubin compares her feelings at the time to those of actress Salma Hayek in the film “Dusk Till Dawn.”

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Motives and Ongoing Trauma

Speaking to the police, Nikoubin suggested that her actions were intended as revenge for the drone strike that killed Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani in 2020.

Her book also explores the lingering effects of a previous sexual assault and her experiences growing up in Iran. She writes, “I am a girl who needs and is receiving help. I am forever grateful that I was given a second chance.”

While under house arrest in Texas, Nikoubin was attending university classes until the institution banned her from campus. According to her lawyer, she has not violated any terms of her house arrest and is not affiliated with any terrorist organisations.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Nikoubin produced a music video for her song “Spaceman,” under the pseudonym Nika Borouj. She also worked as a fitness instructor and gave several performances. Judge Kierny has allowed her to serve her probation in Texas, further requiring her to complete 100 hours of community service.

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