'Woman glassed in the face during violent spat in Mayfair members' club'

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A woman glassed another reveller in the face during a violent “spat” at a Mayfair private members’ club after they had bumped into each other on the dance floor, a court heard. 

Joanne Zanetton, 39, allegedly swung at Olga Shnayder with a drink in her hand at the exclusive Arts Club in Dover Street on November 13 last year. 

Ms Shnayder told Southwark crown court she was left with shards of glass in her face and needed to consult plastic surgeons to repair the damage. 

Prosecutor Martin Pinfold told jurors: “What can only be described as a spat developed between Olga Shnayder and Joanne Zanetton — there was pushing and shoving by both of them on the dance floor. 

“Olga Shnayder grabbed the defendant by the hair and then struck her. The defendant responded herself, appearing to strike Ms Shnayder. The difference between the two blows is Ms Zanetton had a glass in her hand. 

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“That glass came into contact with Ms Shnayder’s face, which caused her injury.”

The alleged attack happened next to the packed bar area at the Arts Club, which was founded in 1863 and charges £2,000 a year for membership. The court heard that Zanetton was a member while Ms Shnayder had been invited by a friend. She told jurors the “spat” began when she complained about Zanetton repeatedly standing on her foot while they danced. 

“I didn’t think I was in any kind of danger, because if I thought so, I would have called security,” Ms Shnayder said. “She (Zanetton) came back to me, found me in the club and she had a glass in her hand when she came back.”

After her arrest, Zanetton issued a prepared statement to police. Mr Pinfold said: “She alleged Ms Shnayder had been the aggressor and she hadn’t intended to use the glass as a weapon. She said she had been trying to throw the contents of the glass at Ms Shnayder to get her to leave her alone.”

Zanetton, of Holland Park, denies wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and an alternative charge of unlawful wounding. 

The trial continues.

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