Hypnotist in rape claim
A HYPNOTIST and psychologist who once wrote reports for the NSW Victims of Crime Tribunal has been charged with the rape of a client at his Fairfield practice.
Serbian native Nikola Tomic, 69, is accused of twice assaulting a woman, 50, who was suffering depression, at his Station St suite in 2012.
Police said they had no i nf ormation to suggest he hypnotised his alleged victim. Tomic was charged on Thursday with aggravated indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault, in circumstances of a doctor-patient relationship, and bailed to appear in court next month.
It is alleged Tomic indecently assaulted the woman, who had sought treatment for depresssion, at his practice in August, 2012, and then allegedly sexually assaulted her the following month.
“The woman was in a needy state, mentally traumatised, seeking help. Police will allege he took advantage of her,” Acting Inspector Ed Walsh said.
When informed by The Saturday Telegraph last night of the accusations against Tomic, NSW Health immediately stood him down from his contract position.
NSW Health said the psychologist had been contracted to the Western Sydney Local Health District Transcultural Mental Health Service but had not provided services since May 13 and did not have direct access to patients there.
Tomic had previously worked with patients of Serbian, Croatian and Russian backgrounds for NSW Health.
“Dr Tomic has not provided services to WSLHD since May 13 this year,” a NSW Health spokeswoman said last night.
“WSLHD has taken immediate action to stand down Dr Tomic until the investigation is completed. He was engaged as a contractor with the Transcultural Mental Health Service. He did not have any direct access to patients.”
A Department of Justice spokesman said Tomic lost his authorisation to write reports for the Victims of Crime Tribunal in 2003.
Tomic has lectured at the University of Western Sydney and is a member of the International Society of Hypnosis.
According to his website, Dr Tomic uses hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression.
Tomic has written a number of publications about using hypnosis to treat cancer patients and bed-wetters. He did not return calls last night.