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Bail for accused in cross burning

Shayne Howe isn’t happy bail has been granted to the two brothers accused of burning a cross on his front lawn.

“I’m disgusted, I’m frustrated,” he told Metro. “I don’t feel there was any support from the justice system at all. There was none.”

Justin Rehberg, 19, and Nathan Rehberg, 20, each face charges of criminal harassment, mischief, uttering threats and public incitement of hatred in relation to a cross-burning incident Feb. 21.

Howe, who is black, and his fiancée, Michelle Lyons, who is white, looked out their window in Newport, Hants Co., and say they saw a burning cross on their lawn with a noose on it. When Howe investigated, he alleges racial slurs were hurled at him.

At yesterday’s bail hearing at provincial court in Windsor, the judge granted bail to the accused, with conditions. They include no contact with Howe, Lyons or their five children and a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. They also must reside with their grandparents, who posted bail and live in nearby Garlands Crossing, Hants Co.

“You tell me what kind of justice there is in that,” Howe said of the conditions.

The two brothers are back in court March 9 for election and or plea.

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