Paedophile teacher, 74, died after choking on his prison breakfast

Paedophile teacher, 74, who sexually abused five boarding school boys died after choking on his prison breakfast, inquest hears

  • John McKno abused 5 boys in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire in 70s and 80s
  • McKno choked on his food and died of ‘cardiac failure’ in Norwich Prison
  • Inquest at Norfolk Coroners’ Court found McKno died through misadventure 

John McKno, 74, from Alby, Norfolk, abused five boys in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire in the 1970s and 1980s and was jailed years later in 2016

A paedophile teacher who sexually abused five boarding school boys died after choking on his prison breakfast, an inquest heard. 

John McKno, 74, from Alby, Norfolk, abused the boys in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire in the 1970s and 1980s and was jailed years later in 2016.

McKno – who suffered from various health conditions – choked on his food and died of ‘cardiac failure’ in Norwich Prison on September 29, 2020. 

An inquest at Norfolk Coroners’ Court found that McKno died through misadventure, BBC News reports. 

Paedophile McKno admitted gross indecency, indecent assault and serious sexual assaults over the abuse of four boys under 16 and one under 14. 

McKno – who worked at Beam College, Devon, Kesgrave Hall School near Ipswich and St Michael’s College in Tenbury Wells – was jailed for 14 years in 2016.

McKno – who worked at Beam College, Devon, Kesgrave Hall School (pictured) near Ipswich and St Michael’s College in Tenbury Wells – was jailed for 14 years in 2016

After McKno pleaded guilty, one of his victims – who was 52 years old during the trial – said: ‘In the beginning McKno came across as a very nice teacher, a fair teacher and I did well in maths.

‘I can’t go into too much detail but I was abused, which ruined my childhood and my trust of teachers, although it only happened once.

‘I was scared, kept myself to myself and shut my mouth.’ 

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