Brexit supporter Mikaela Haze spared jail for smashing burka sculpture

Brexit supporter who destroyed burka sculpture is spared jail

Mikaela Haze smashed a sculpture of a burka

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Brexit supporter who smashed a burka sculpture at The Royal College of Art has been spared jail.

Mikaela Haze ripped the veil from the artwork before pushing it over, shouting "we voted to take our country back" and "Saudi Arabia go home," just a few days after the EU referendum in June.

The artwork worth £6,300 had been created by masters student Yasmeen Sabri to "promote tolerance and understanding."

Sabri had been finishing her work on the sculpture at the university in South Kensington when Haze, who is said to have been drunk at the time, attacked it.

Prosecutor Rahab Njoroge said: "All [Sabri] asks is that this woman doesn’t repeat this incident to others again."

Haze faced one count of religiously aggravated criminal damage.

She said: "I plead guilty but I don’t consider it racist because... it wasn’t at her, I promise you."