A JUDGE yesterday ordered pop singer Samantha Mumba to return a €3,950 rent deposit to a tenant.
Solicitor Jennifer Murphy told the Circuit Civil Court that the Irish actress and vocalist held on to the deposit after her legal colleague, Damien Carley, vacated Mumba's property at The Copse, Griffith Avenue, Dublin.
She told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that Mumba's house had been rented by Mr Carley, of Carley and Connellan, solicitors, while he was renovating his own home.
When Mr Carley vacated the property, Ms Mumba had failed to return the one month's rental deposit of €3,950.
He had referred a complaint to the Private Residential Tenancy Board, which directed the return of the money.
The court heard that the board, which deals with tenant and landlord disputes under the Residential Tenancy Act, had on September 30 last given Mumba a month to return the money to Mr Carley, who lives at Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin.
Ms Murphy told Judge Linnane that Ms Mumba had failed to do so and a determination order was granted by the court for €3,950.
Under the legislation, if the refund is not made to him Mr Carley will be entitled to seek an order of execution against Mumba, under which the Dublin City Sheriff would be directed to seize goods and chattels, or personal belongings, belonging to her to the value of the order.
Mumba put her detached five-bedroom property on the market for €1.9m in June last year, but last December reduced the price for a second time. It is now on the market at €1.3m.
The 27-year-old, who stars in the upcoming horror movie 'Loftus Hall', now lives in Los Angeles and is still hoping to salvage her stalled pop career.
In 2000 her first album 'Gotta Tell You', on which she wrote seven of the tracks, sold four million copies and stayed in the US Billboard Hot 100 for six months, going platinum.
However, by 2007 she was forced to cancel a comeback show in Dublin's Vicar Street venue due to poor ticket sales.