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February 17. 2013 4:29AM
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WILKES-BARRE – A city man who police say used a spear to kill his wife and injure other family members is making progress with mental-health treatment, a county judge said Friday, but must receive further treatment before being able to stand trial.

Harun Ngolo, 68, of Simpson Street, appeared in Luzerne County Court on Friday for an update on his progress given to Judge William Amesbury. Ngolo had previously been determined incompetent to stand trial and his case was put on hold indefinitely.

Ngolo is charged with the June 2010 stabbing death of his wife, Maria Ngolo, and injuring his son, Moses Ngolo, and his then-3-year-old grandson.

Police said Harun Ngolo, an immigrant from Africa, used a homemade spear to attack his family during an argument over holiday plans.

Since then Ngolo has been receiving treatment at a state hospital and taking medications for "well-defined emotional disorders," Amesbury said.

Amesbury said he had two concerns about Ngolo's condition: That he still believes his wife is alive and that the medications require an extended period of time to show benefits.

"She's alive," Ngolo said with the help of an interpreter.

The medicines have brought about improvements in Ngolo's mental health, Amesbury said, but the native of Zaire, now known as the Republic of Congo, needs more treatment.

A local psychiatrist, Richard Fischbein, examined Ngolo recently, and said Ngolo is suspicious of others involved in his case and has a misperception of why he is incarcerated.

Assistant district attorneys William Finnegan and Michelle Hardik, and Ngolo's attorney, William Ruzzo, agreed with Amesbury and Fischbein that Ngolo needs additional treatment.

Amesbury said Ngolo will soon be returned to the Norristown State Hospital and asked that a progress report be given to him in 90 days to determine if Ngolo's mental health has improved further.

Sheena Delazio, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7235.

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