Murder charge laid in death of David Delaney of Abbotsford

Shayne McGenn arrested in Penticton, while a woman faces a charge of accessory after the fact

Shayne McGenn is escorted out of the Penticton Courthouse on Monday after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.

Shayne McGenn is escorted out of the Penticton Courthouse on Monday after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.

An Abbotsford man has been arrested in Penticton and charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death in February of David Delaney, 63.

Shayne Daniel Duncan McGenn, 33, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in Abbotsford provincial court on Friday after a brief appearance in Penticton court on Monday.

Court records indicate the offence date to be Feb. 7. The body of Delaney was discovered on Feb. 23 in his suite in the Aspen Court apartment building on Center Street in Abbotsford after tenants complained about a horrid smell on the fourth floor.

The building manager and maintenance man entered the suite, discovered Delaney’s body and then called police. The matter was soon turned over to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Delaney (in photo at left), who was the head chef at the Big River Restaurant and Taphouse in Coquitlam, had lived in the building since August 2013.

Investigators have not revealed Delaney’s cause of death.

Also charged in relation to Delaney’s death is Sarah Margaret Sather, 33, who faces a charge of accessory after the fact. Her next court date is tomorrow (Wednesday) in Abbotsford provincial court.

McGenn does not have a prior criminal record, according to the provincial court database.

His Twitter feed, last updated in 2013, indicates he was living in Penticton at the time, and it’s not known how long he might have been in Abbotsford.

Sather also does not have a prior criminal record. Her Facebook page indicates that she attended high school in Penticton and post-secondary studies at Okanagan University College. Dave Delaney is one of her Facebook “friends.”