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Paedophile teacher, 74, dies after choking on breakfast in prison

John McKno, 74, was jailed for 14 years after abusing five boys at boarding schools in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire (Picture: Suffolk Police)

A paedophile teacher died after choking on his breakfast in prison, an inquest heard.

John McKno, 74, was jailed in 2016 for abusing five boys at boarding schools in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire in the 1970s and 80s.

He was serving the fifth year of a 14-year sentence when he died from cardiac failure at Norwich Prison, Norfolk Coroners’ Court was told.

McKno, who had a number of health conditions, died through misadventure on September 29, the inquest jury concluded, according to BBC.

The serial abuser was jailed for gross indecency, indecent assault and serious sexual assault.

Four of his victims were under 16, while the fifth was under 14. One boy, who attended an Ipswich school, said he used to sleep in fear with ‘one eye open’.

A victim who was 52 years old during the trial said the former maths teacher came across as ‘very nice and fair in the beginning’.

He continued: ‘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.’ 

McKno worked at Beam College in Great Torrington, Devon, St Michael’s College in Tenbury Wells and Kesgrave Hall School near Ipswich.

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