Mid Wales

Aberystwyth scaffolding fall death: open conclusion

Aberystwyth Justice Centre

A businessman died after jumping from scaffolding in Aberystwyth, an inquest has heard.

Steven Randall, 46, who had bipolar, had been drinking alcohol, including absinthe, when he climbed scaffolding near the Castle Hotel in December 2016.

Aberystwyth Justice Centre heard he had been put into a taxi to the hotel after being asked to leave Machynlleth's five star Ynyshir Hotel for damaging a room.

Ceredigion coroner Peter Brunton recorded an open conclusion.

The inquest heard how Mr Randall, who was two-and-a-half times over the drink driving limit, was put in a taxi to the Castle Hotel, in Aberystwyth.

Mr Randall offered the driver his Rolex watch worth £3,000 instead of cash, which was refused.

Moments later he was seen climbing up scaffolding on a nearby house and jumping to his death.

Coroner Mr Brunton said because of Mr Randall's bipolar and the alcohol he had consumed he could not be sure he had been "fully aware of what he was doing" at the time of his death.