A THUG helped ambush a man who had earlier given a loan of £5.

Paul Forbes, 37, hit Paul Robb with a glass bottle in Glasgow’s Waterloo Lane last September.

Forbes – along with an unknown man and woman - rifled the victim’s pockets before they escaped with £190 as well as a bag of clothes.

The attacker was yesterday jailed for 27 months at Glasgow Sheriff Court. He pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing the 37-year-old.

The court heard how Mr Robb happened to meet the trio near to Waterloo Lane.

The woman asked to ­borrow £5 from Mr Robb.

But, prosecutor Lauren Staunton then explained: “The unknown man began to assault Mr Robb by striking him to the head.

“He continued to punch him and pulled him to the ground.”

The victim tried to get up, but was held down. Forbes then helped go through his pockets.

Miss Staunton said: “Forbes stuck him on the head with a glass bottle before leaving.”

Mr Robb ended needing hospital treatment for a nose injury.

Raymond McIlwham, defending, told the court that Forbes has previous convictions both at high and sheriff court levels.

Sheriff Paul Crozier reduced the jail term from three years due to the guilty plea.