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Aylesbury musician Mark Austin's killer detained

John Bass Image copyright JOHN O REILLY
Image caption John Bass was found guilty of killing Mr Austin after a two-week trial at Reading Crown Court

The killer of a musician fatally injured in a fight in Buckinghamshire has been ordered to be detained at a hospital.

John Bass was found guilty of killing Mark Austin, after a two-week trial at Reading Crown Court in February.

Mr Austin, 53, died in hospital the day after the fight in the Harcourt Green area of Aylesbury on 31 January 2013.

Bass, of Arundel Green, who had mental health problems, was detained under a hospital order.

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Image caption Mark Austin suffered a severe head injury and died the next day

While he was in custody, Bass was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

In January 2013, police had been called to Harcourt Green after reports of an altercation between the two men.

Mr Austin, of Aylesbury, died on 1 February last year at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Following the conviction, Det Ch Insp Kevin Brown said: "John Bass carried out a sustained attack on a man who believed him to be a friend whilst drinking socially with him and another.

"The victim, Mark Austin, was physically a much smaller man than his attacker and was left with a severe injury by the assault from which he died a day later.

"This has been a very sad case that has left a family mourning the loss of their son and brother."

Mr Austin's family described him a having been a "talented musician".

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