April 15, 2016
Christopher Fields, 37, was beaten to death by Joe Hasledine, 24,
Police officers were called to reports of a violent burglary at his home
They found the victim with blood on his face but left him with the murderer
Thug wrongly held Mr Fields responsible for his dog being put down
Hasledine jailed for life with minimum recommendation to serve 16 years
Mr Fields had been awarded medals following tours in Iraq and Afghanistan
Christopher Fields (pictured) was falsely accused of having Joe Hasledine's dog put to sleep after it mauled another dog outside his apartmentAn RAF veteran who was attacked in his own home by an intruder was murdered by the same man just two hours later - after police left them alone together.
Officers had found Christopher Fields, 37, with blood on his face when they were called to reports of a violent burglary at his home.
While two constables quizzed Mr Fields about the break-in, culprit Joe Hasledine, 24, returned to the scene.
However officers left the two men together in the mistaken belief the pair were friends - leaving Hasledine, who had been on a cocaine-fuelled drink and drugs binge, to beat Mr Fields to death.
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