Yes, they incorporated the story into the show. They were making references to it throughout the show and discussed the drama as part of their debates. They then showed live shots outside of Southwark crown court a few times. Then in the last few minutes of the show the sentence length was announced, which is when Andrea read out all of the details about what was said in court. The ladies then discussed the length of the sentence.
Going completely off-topic here, I did think that Pam St. Clement made a great Loose Woman today. I would like to see more of her on the show!