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The former Hearts star admits he threatened to kill his wife and her lover

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A former Hearts player has admitted threatening to kill his wife and her married lover, the police commander, after learning about their affair.

Lee Makel sent the threatening message to Ms Claire after she left him for Gareth Blair – the Edinburgh Division’s police commander at the time.

The 49-year-old Flaw lost his temper and is said to have had a “breakdown” after hearing that his wife and 51-year-old Blair had been caught engaging in sexual activity in the back of his car at a Capital Park and Ride.

The former Tynecastle midfielder, who also played for Livingston, Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers, appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday to admit he had threatened and abused his ex-partner Claire and former Chief Superintendent of Scotland Police Blair became.

Makel admitted to repeatedly sending abusive and threatening messages to Claire, including threatening to kill her and Mr Blair, and sending more abusive messages about him.

The court was told that Makel sent the series of messages to his wife, 44, while he was enjoying a break in Dubai on June 14, 2019.

A week later he returned to Scotland and sent further messages containing explicit threats to kill Claire and Mr Blair.

The court was told that additional messages were sent to Claire in September 2019 which are said to have caused concern and led to the matter being reported to the police.

Attorney Jennifer Cameron, who is defending herself, said her client felt “betrayed” by his wife, adding that he had “kind of a breakdown” after hearing about the affair.

The court was told that Makel and his wife have been married for 10 years and together for about 15 years and have two children.

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