Sam's 'TOWIE' boyfriend Joey Essex held her hand in the public gallery and the court was packed with family and friends of David Chatwood and five other men who all face jail for the plot.
Chatwood, 58, is behind bars already because he was recalled from licence having been given a 12-year sentence in 2001 for drug supply and firearms offences.
The six defendants were being sentenced for conspiracy to steal after a British lorry carrying gold and silver bullion was robbed in a fake hold-up in Belgium in October last year. They each played different roles in the plot with lorry driver Brian Mulcahay as the inside man.
Mulcahay, 46, of Westcliff-on-Sea, Chatwood of Sawyers Grove, and Stanley Rose, 75, of of Brentwood, and David Gale, 55, of Hansells Mead, Harlow, and Gary Cummings, 51, of Anne Way, Ilford, all Essex, pleaded guilty.
Mulcahay, 46, of Grosvenor Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Chatwood, of Sawyers Grove, and Stanley Rose, 75, of Iver, Pilgrims Hatch, both of Brentwood, and David Gale, 55, of Hansells Mead, Harlow, and Gary Cummings, 51, of Anne Way, Ilford, all Essex, pleaded guilty.
The Faiers sisters had been due to give evidence at Corley's trial but were not called.
The court was told Mulcahay was discovered by police locked in his vehicle in Belgium on 4 October after ringing his employers to say he had been robbed. Chatwood was seen to contact some of the other accused conspirators four days later at a Harvester restaurant in Dartford, Kent.
Nine days after the robbery, most of the bullion was discovered in an apartment and a hotel room in Antwerp which had been rented by Rose. The robbers were captured within days and had been unaware that they had been watched by police as they hatched their plot.
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