The court was told Brian Mulcahay was discovered by police locked in his vehicle in Belgium on October 4 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 Stanley Rose.
The robbers were captured within days and had been unaware that they had been watched by police as they hatched their plot.
– John Price, QC, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing
Although this theft was executed in Belgium, this British lorry and its valuable bullion cargo had been targeted for the theft by British thieves.
This had been a crime 'Made in Britain'.