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Public mischief charge for repeat 000 calls

A woman who allegedly called triple-zero about 20 times this month requesting an ambulance despite no physical symptoms has been charged with causing public mischief.

Police attended the Oaks Estate home of Julia Lauren Hilton, 33, at the request of the NSW Ambulance Service about 5.20am on Saturday after three calls for help to triple-zero within 12 hours. 

The defendant allegedly called triple-zero about 20 times within 13 days.
The defendant allegedly called triple-zero about 20 times within 13 days. Photo: Belinda Pratten

Ms Hilton was charged and appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court later in the morning, where the court was told she was receiving psychiatric care through ACT Health. 

Ambulance officers told police on each occasion of her calls this month the defendant reported medical conditions which needed urgent attention, but after officers arrived and she was assessed the reported conditions were found to be "completely false", court documents said. 

The defendant would make "vague and constantly changing" claims of symptoms when the ambulance officers arrived, the documents said.

"After assessment, NSWAS found nothing physically wrong with the defendant on each occasion."

Prosecutor Chamil Wanigaratne told the court the defendant had previously breached bail conditions which required her to not contact emergency services or public health authorities except in genuine emergency circumstances. 

The defendant, after being warned by police on Saturday, said she would continue to make the calls and would walk to a public phone booth to do so if she had no mobile phone, court documents said. 

Ms Hilton told the court she called "so many times" because she was feeling chest pains and was not happy with the ambulance service's response.

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker granted bail and adjourned the matter to February 22, with a condition the defendant comply with ACT Health directions.