Monday 26 August 2019

Businessman arrested following claims he took thousands of euro worth of deposits but failed to complete work

David Marsh
David Marsh
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A Dublin based businessman who converts vehicles into mobile catering outlets has been arrested by gardai investigating claims that he took tens of thousands of euro in deposits from customers but failed to supply them with their promised food vans.

David Marsh ran a company called Dog Eat Dog Inc Ltd which was dissolved in October.

Its registered address was in the Port Tunnel Business Park, in Coolock, Dublin 17 but Marsh had more recently been known to have been trading out of Finglas Business Centre, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11.

Its core business was the manufacture of machinery for the food and beverage industry and converting vans into mobile catering units that can be driven to venues and festivals by their owners as catering outlets.

Marsh (31) with an address at Ratoath in Co Meath, is under investigation by An Garda Siochana after it received complaints from people who said they had handed him thousands of euro and got nothing in return.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the complaints Marsh was arrested on Tuesday morning and questioned at Finglas garda station.

He was later released without charge and a file is being prepared for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

One of Dog Eat Dog’s customers has told the Independent.ie how he and his partner gave Marsh a €21,000 deposit two years ago to source and convert a historic post-war Citroen HY van to be used as a catering vehicle.

“It dragged on and on whenever we made enquiries. He would tell us the van was almost complete but there seemed to be constant delays,” said Karl Casey.

“In the end the van never materialised, and he had the logbook for it so we were left with nothing and never got our money back,” he added.

Mr Casey and his partner are among a number of people who have reported to gardai that they gave money without the promised return to Dog Eat Dog Inc.

Last year the matter was raised by angry clients on the RTE Liveline radio programme where Mr Marsh conceded his company had a problem reaching promised delivery dates.

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