A Liberian business woman, Nowai Gorlorwulu will shortly appear in court for allegedly owing her landlord, Louise Dennis, US$13,000 representing one year's unpaid rent.
Madam Gorlorwulu is the manager of Golden Key Hotel, one of the leading hotels in the Paynesville community.
She is expected to appear before Judge James Jones of the Debt Court for Montserrado County at the Temple of Justice on May 12.
Her appearance is based on a “Writ of Re- Summons By Publication and Mailing,” issued by Judge Jones.
In that writ, Judge Jones instructed his Chief Sheriff, Captain Robert Toe, to make sure this time that defendant Gorlorwulu receives the court’s Re-summons notice and if she fails to appear, judgment would be entered against her by default.
It is not clear what prompted Judge Jones to issue such a strong writ against the defendant.
But a judicial source hinted to the Daily Observer that it was because of her failure to appear before the court when summoned. Apparently the court’s sheriff has been finding it difficult to locate and serve her the notices of assignment to hear the case.
The court record shows that the defendant and Madam Dennis entered into a five year lease agreement for the period January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015. The property is a piece of land situated on Duport Road in the Paynesville Community.
According to the agreement, Madam Gorlorwulu leased Madam Dennis’ land with a building already constructed on it to be used for a store.
Madam Dennis’ lawyer alleged that the defendant agreed to pay US$13,000 on the first day of January each year of the five year lease.
Defendant Gorlorwulu since and up to 2015 owed US$13,000 as unpaid rent.