JOANNE LEES' stepfather today warned: She's going to go through even more hell.
But Vincent James said he was sure the 30-year-old could tough out her Australian court ordeal.
He added that if she did cheat on boyfriend Peter Falconio it was a shock to him, but said: "These things happen."
Mr James, who lives in Almondbury, spoke out in Miss Lees' defence as she begins a long wait for the case to resume.
The hearing to decide whether Bradley John Murdoch, 45, will face a murder trial is now on hold for two months.
Mr James hit back after the revelation that Miss Lees had a secret lover. He told the Examiner Murdoch's lawyers were unfairly trying to discredit her.
But he remains sure that a full trial of the man accused of Peter's murder would go ahead. Mr James also said the delay would be hell for Miss Lees.
He said: "I am very concerned about her, but she conducts herself well and I am very proud of her."
Mr James believes Miss Lees' relationship in Sydney with Nick Riley, 30 - revealed last week - was not serious, but admits it was a shock.
"It was a surprise, but there again it happens to lots of people," said Mr James. "It is no big deal. They are trying to discredit her.
"I am confident that because of the DNA that has been found - which matches Murdoch's - the full trial will go ahead.
"Joanne cannot make any plans for the future until all this is over."
Mr James refused to say where Miss Lees was.