Bereaved sister pays tribute to her ‘charismatic’ brother

By Caleb Spencer in Local People

THE bereaved sister of a man who fell to his death off scaffolding in Aber­ystwyth shortly before Christmas has paid tribute to her “charming” and “charismatic” brother.

An inquest heard last month that 46-year-old Steven Randall, from Bromley, London, died after he fell off the second-highest tier of scaffolding opposite the Castle Hotel, South Road, on 23 December­.

Mr Randall’s sister Claire, told the Cambrian News that she felt her brother, who had been mentally unwell since 2011, had been let down by mental health services and the police.

Speaking to the Cambrian News this week, Ms Randall described her brother before he became unwell.

“Since I can remember, I had always looked up to my smart, cool, and at times, mischievous brother Steven,” she said.

“I would often turn to him for guidance, seeking out his level-headed and pragmatic advice. No more so than when our amazing mum died of cancer.

“I could not have endured the extreme darkness that settled within me without his support. He was a rock, a guiding light.”

Ms Randall said her brother was a talented man who could quickly turn his hand to anything.

“I remember while I was in New Zealand doing a mountain recreation course at a college there, Steve came to visit me for a couple of months," she said.

“I had spent all summer learning to rock climb and he joined me for a day.

“He roped up and shot up a blank, almost vertical piece of rock that I had spent weeks trying to master. He had never rock climbed before.”

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