KRABI – The Thai man who brutally assaulted American backpacker, Hannah Gavios after she fell 150ft down a cliff has been jailed for five years – to the anger of her parents.
28 year-old Apai Ruengvorn was sentenced to ten years but that was halved after he pleaded guilty to obscene behavior and causing serious injury.
Krabi provincial prosecutor Somchai Buakiri said Gavois can appeal the length of the sentence, however the appeals process isn’t always successful.
Miss Gavois’ mother Gwen Gavois – who is currently raising money for her medical care – slammed the sentence.
She said: ‘I am dismayed that it is automatically cut down to five years because of a guilty plea.’
Gwen added that ‘Hannah will suffer the consequences of the attack for the rest of her life’.
The 23-year-old had been teaching English in Vietnam when she took a holiday to Railay Beach in the resort of Krabi, Thailand
Hannah Gavios, broke her back and lay helpless trapped on rocks while Apai Ruangwong, 28, subjected her to hours of sexual assault.
Gavios – who waived her right to anonymity – was rescued the next morning on September 2, 2016. She is now in a New York hospital having lost all feeling in her legs and having physiotherapy.
Miss Gavois still has no feeling in her ankles, feet and backside and is learning to walk again with crutches and leg braces.
Her mother Gwen and father Aaron have already spent thousands visiting Miss GavoisÂ at her bedside and now need to raise up to $200,000 to help her walk again as expenses are not covered by her insurance.
She said she thought she was going to die as she lay in a vegetable state
Mrs GavoisÂ added: ‘We’re raising funds to pay for medical bills, medical equipment, psychotherapy, and physical therapy which will not be fully covered by our insurance company.
‘Hannah’s recovery period is expected to last up to two years or more, and many of the expenses, such as physical therapy will not be covered after several months.