A man posing as an emergency officer tricked mothers into thinking their children had been killed in an accident.

Phillip Anton Zillner used social media to stalk mothers before he would call them pretending to be a police officer and say their children had been struck and killed by a truck.

The 37-year-old was filmed on CCTV in South Australia making the evil calls from a phone booth to the Ballarat and Tullamarine mothers, reports 9 news.

One young mum was at work when she received a call from Zillner.

She collapsed to the ground in the office when she was told her two-year-old girl was dead. In reality, she was asleep at childcare.

“I’m Paul Simpson from Emergency Services, your daughter has been hit by a truck and I’m sorry she has passed away,” he said in one of the calls.

In another call he called a mum saying “your daughter has been hit by a truck out front of the school”.

The mum rushed to her daughter’s primary school but arrived to find she was alive and not injured.

But as if that wasn’t enough, Zillner then called the mum’s again later that night to harass them.

After being sentenced, Zillner told the court he was “sorry for what he’s done”.

He will serve 90 more days in jail after already serving 14 months on remand. He will serve a two-year community correction order upon release.

The man who has Tourette’s Syndrome and autism, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of recklessly causing injury, three counts of stalking and two counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass of cause offence.

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  • This man is very sick. Couldn’t believe anyone would get something out of doing such a horrible thing. Hope he gets assessed and gets treatment.


  • Horrible. What could he possibly gain from inflicting such emotional pain. Lock him away and get him some mental help.


  • A sick man. Hope he gets help and realises what he has done is very damaging.


  • So many mentally ill people out there who wreak havoc on others. This man needs serious help.


  • What a terrible thing to do!!!


  • What a disgusting horrible thing to do!


  • Poor mums I can only imagine what trauma they must have gone through.


  • This man is clearly disturbed. Why did he want to see people suffer? What’s wrong with him????


  • Pure evil. Why do these people always have some ”mental illness” stated when they are caught


  • Just evil. Who even thinks of doing something like this?


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