Convicted paedophile teacher chokes to death while having breakfast in prison

A jailed paedophile teacher who targeted teenage boys choked to death on his prison breakfast, an inquest heard.

John McKno, 74, was jailed in 2016 after abusing five pupils at boarding schools in Suffolk, Devon, and Worcestershire within the 1970s and 1980s.

He died at Norwich Prison on Michaelmas from “cardiac failure” after choking.

McKno, who had variety of health conditions, died through misadventure, an inquest jury concluded.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Norwich prisoner John McKno died in prison on 29th September 2019.

“As with all deaths in custody there’ll be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”

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

Four of McKno’s victims were boys under 16, and one was a boy under 14.

A former pupil at Kesgrave Hall recalled how he slept with “one eye open”.

The victim, now 52, said his childhood was “ruined” by the sick teacher during his trial.

He said: “In the start McKno found as a really nice teacher, a good teacher and that i did well in maths.

“I can’t enter an excessive amount of detail but i used to be 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.”

The statement jointly signed by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde of NCC and Kayode Adegoke of NIMC read;

“The meeting happened on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an approval was given to increase the amount of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it.

“With each individual having a mean of three to 4 SIMs, the entire number of SIMs tied to NINs would on the brink of the entire number of registered SIMs within the country.

“The Chairman of the EFCC addressed the meeting and stated that the NIN-SIM linkage would support the federal in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals. The Honourable Minister noted the importance of obtaining feedback from all stakeholders so as to make sure that the NIN-SIM linkage process is one that can’t easily be compromised.”

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