A trial has has begun of a man accused of motoring offences by taking a car up Snowdon, even though he has not appeared in court today. 40-year-old Craig Anthony Williams from Cheltenham denies two charges of dangerous driving following separate incidents in September 2011.
Experts who checked the Snowdon Mountain Railway after a 4x4 had been driven towards the summit for a second time have told Caernarfon Crown Court that part of the track was damaged. Mike Roberts, from the Railway, said that part of the rack system which carries trains had buckled.
Craig Williams denies two counts of dangerous driving. He has not been present in court today, and the trial continues in his absence.
A man is on trial accused of two counts of dangerous driving - after a 4x4 vehicle was twice found near the summit of Snowdon. Craig Williams, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, denies both counts.
He did not appear at Caernarfon Crown Court this morning, as the trial got underway without him. The judge swore the jury in and told them they shouldn't infer or imply anything from him not being there.
The prosecution told the court that, on the second occasion, the vehicle was found with signs which read 'I made it to the summit' and saying it was for sale on eBay.
The case continues. It is expected to finish on Friday.
Seven people were rescued from Mount Snowdon last night in three separate rescues.
In the first rescue two men from Essex, aged 60 and 40, were helped down from Cwm Idwal after wandering on to a dangerous rock face.
Later a team from RAF Valley went to the aid of a 19-year-old girl from Liverpool University who had injured her ankle while descending from the Glyder range near Bethesda. She was brought down before receiving hospital treatment at Bangor.
In the final rescue of the night, four 20-year-old men were helped after finding holes covered up by snow when climbing Tryfan.
Rescuers had to deal with difficult conditions including lightning, snow, hail and rain.
A group of injured former servicemen are scaling Snowdon this evening, to light a Diamond Jubilee beacon at its summit.
Captain David Wiseman, part of the Walking With The Wounded team, told us it would be a "huge honour" to take part. It's hoped 2,012 flames will be ignited in sequence around the UK between 10 and 10.30pm.