BGT star Ella Shaw’s dad punched by teen he caught kissing daughter at party
The dad of a Britain’s Got Talent star was punched by a teen he saw kissing his daughter after spying on her party using a phone app, it has emerged.
James Shaw, whose eldest daughter, Ella, reached the talent show’s semi-finals in 2015, was out with his wife during the ‘girls-only’ house party.
He was supposed to be out for the night with partner Janine, but could not resist logging on to their home security system using the app.
He was horrified when he saw four young men at the party – which was supposed to be ‘girls-only’ – and rushed back home to break it up.
Mr Shaw, 50, arrived to find Cameron Hull, 18, kissing one of his other daughters, and the teenager was given his marching orders, a court heard.
Hull was going to leave quietly but then realised he had forgotten his brand new jacket. When he went back to get it, he found the dad barring his entry and there was another bust-up in which Mr Shaw was punched in the face.
Hull, who lives around six miles away from the Shaws’ home in Langho, Lancashire, admitted assaulting the dad during the incident in March.
He was handed a conditional discharge for eight months by Blackburn magistrates, and ordered to pay £100 compensation.
Last night, the labourer claimed he and his pals did not know 21-year-old singer Ella’s family lived at the home, the Daily Mail reports.
He reportedly said: "We got invited to a party that night by the hostess’s friend. I did not know the name of the girl I was kissing."
He added: "We did not know it was Ella Shaw’s family place."
Mike Church-Taylor, prosecuting, had told JPs that Mr Shaw had gone out with his wife but was keeping an eye on his home via the cam app.
The prosecutor said: "He saw four young men in the house and decided to go home. The four males ran from the house but the defendant then tried to get back in.
"Mr Shaw blocked his way and was punched in the face for his trouble."
Damian Pickup, defending, said his client had never been in trouble with the police before and had been invited to the party.
"He was kissing the girl when her parents returned home unexpectedly," said Mr Pickup.
"It is clear she had been told she could have a small party but it appears they didn’t expect males to be there.
"My client says the girl’s parents went mad and much of their anger was directed towards him because he had been kissing their daughter."
Mr Shaw cornered the teenager, from Blackburn, and yelled at him before kicking him out of the house, the court heard.
"He realised he had left his brand new jacket in the house and returned to get it," said Mr Pickup.
"He was met with further aggression and accepts he punched the aggrieved in the face.
"The dad went to call the police and my client took his chance to go in and get his jacket."
Mr Pickup claimed there was an element of provocation because the father was being aggressive.
Ella wowed BGT judges when she took to the stage three years ago.
Then still a teenager, she reached the TV competition’s live semi-finals but failed to make it through to the top three.
The following year, she released her debut album, Imperfections.
Ella, who also teaches singing, regularly posts updates and photos on social media, where she has thousands of followers. In a previous Father’s Day post, she wrote that dad James would "always be my king".
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