Pedophile teacher, 74, died of suffocation during his prison breakfast, inquiries hears

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Pedophile teacher, 74, who sexually assaulted five boarding school boys, died after suffocation during prison breakfast, hears inquiries

  • John McKno assaulted 5 boys in the 1970s and 1980s in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire
  • McKno choked on his food and died of ‘heart failure’ in Norwich prison
  • An investigation at the Norfolk Coroners court found that McKno died of setbacks

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

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

A pedophile teacher who sexually assaulted five boarding school boys died after suffocating on his prison breakfast, an inquest found.

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

McKno – who was suffering from several health problems – choked on his food and died of ‘heart failure’ in Norwich prison on September 29, 2020.

An inquest at the Norfolk Coroners Court found that McKno died of setbacks, BBC news reports.

Pedophile McKno confessed to gross indecency, assault and serious assault for 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 sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2016.

McKno - who worked at Beam College, Devon, Kesgrave Hall School (pictured) near Ipswich and St Michael's College in Tenbury Wells - was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2016

McKno - who worked at Beam College, Devon, Kesgrave Hall School (pictured) near Ipswich and St Michael's College in Tenbury Wells - was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2016

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

After McKno pleaded guilty, one of his victims – who was 52 years old at the trial – said, “At first, McKno came across as a really nice teacher, an honest teacher, and I did well at math.

‘I can’t go into too much detail, but I was mistreated, which ruined my childhood and my confidence in teachers, even though it only happened once.

“I was scared, kept myself to myself and kept my mouth shut.”

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