By Flynn Murphy

7:14AM GMT 30 Oct 2013

The bureaucrat, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was hospitalised in November 2007 after a glass light fitting above a bed she was having sex in fell onto her face injuring her nose and mouth. The woman also suffered psychological injury.

The woman was visiting a regional office observing the budget review process, meeting regional staff and undertaking training — and staying in a motel room booked by her employer.

According to the court transcript the fitting was pulled from its mount either by the woman or by her acquaintance.