A THUG robbed a young man at his home in Saltcoats shortly after he got a £56,000 inheritance.

William Black, 33, held up terrified Luke Simpson at gunpoint at the flat in 2020.

Prosecutor Shanti Maguire told the High Court in Glasgow how the 21-year-old had received a large trust fund in January 2020 set up by his late father.

She added: "He had publicised his newfound lifestyle and possessions that he had bought on social media."

Mr Simpson answered his door and Black was there clutching a black metallic gun.

Miss Maguire: "Luke Simpson froze and dropped to the ground.

"Black presented the firearm at him. Luke Simpson covered his head and, as he did so, Black struck him on the hand with the weapon."

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Black went on to barge into the living room while demanding cash.

The thug fled with an iPhone, Bluetooth speaker and a North Face jacket.

The court heard the victim was fortunately not hurt.

He did not initially report the crime to police due to fear.

Black was later held and pleaded guilty to the assault and robbery while using an imitation firearm on an occasion between April and May 2020.

The hearing was told he has a previous jail term for rape and assault.

Judge John Morris QC locked him up for six years for this latest offence.