Newly discovered evidence in sex assault case

LIHUE — A trial scheduled for a Hanamaulu man alleged to have sexual contact with two underage girls has been rescheduled.

Daniel Lee Isobe, 49, is charged with seven counts of third-degree sex assault against two victims under the age of 14 years old.

Deputy public defender Samuel Jajich asked the court to reschedule the trial date to allow his client more time to review newly discovered evidence, including a new witness who would testify to the allegations against Isobe.

On Friday, Jajich said he met with client at the Kauai Community Correctional Center to prepare for Monday’s trial date, but decided it would be best to continue the trial to allow more time to pursue the new leads.

Deputy prosecuting attorney Keola Siu objected, stating that the continuance was the second time Isobe had his trial rescheduled this year.

Siu called the arrival of new information on the eve of Isobe’s trial and continuance of it “convenient,” as he received the call at 2 p.m. Friday.

Third-degree sex assault is a class C felony and punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Isobe is being held at KCCC on $50,000 bail. His trial was rescheduled for Oct. 3.

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