Paedophile doctor who abused boys while working at DGH dies in prison

A paedophile doctor who was jailed for abusing teenage boys in the 1980s and 90s died in prison, an inquest has heard.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 9:33 am
Sivaguru Narendran. Photo by Eddie Mitchell SUS-181213-163743001

Sivaguru Narendran died of natural causes at HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey last year.

He had been moved to the Kent prison in March 2019 having originally been sent to HMP Lewes after being jailed two years ago.

The 79-year-old, formerly of Sackville Road, Hailsham, was jailed at Lewes Crown Court in December 2018 for 14 sex attacks on a number of teenage victims.

The original court was told Narendran, known as Dr John Narendran, carried out the indecent assaults while working at The Horder Centre, Crowborough and Eastbourne District General Hospital more than 20 years ago.

A recent inquest at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone heard how Narendran arrived at the Sheppey prison as a “frail elderly gentleman coming to the end of his life”.

He had a history of heart problems and had already suffered two heart attacks.

Coroner Catherine Wood heard how the former doctor was found dead in his H-wing cell on February 13, 2020.

In the months up to his death his health had began to deteriorate, which included him needing a wheelchair as his mobility reduced and starting to eat less.

A report from his GP said Narendran had a history of “complex cardiac history” and alcohol abuse where he would drink half a bottle of wine a day.

A post mortem revealed his cause of death as ischemic hypertensive heart disease.

Trudy Taylor, a nurse at the Sheppey prisons, told the court how Narendran had been frail and his health deteriorated fast in the last month of his life.

She said he was found dead in his cell by staff at the prison in Brabazon Road, Eastchurch.

The coroner ruled his death was a result of natural causes.