ICE-FUELLED armed robbers who were chased by police across south-west Victoria will be sentenced on Thursday after being psychologically assessed.
In early September Keiarhn Rees Carter, 21, and Lachlan McGregor Mitchell, 21, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to a range of serious charges.
Judge Liz Gaynor requested psychological assessments be prepared by an experienced clinician.
"I want to know why you are behaving like this... what is going on. Ice is rife in regional Victoria," she said, explaining she didn't want to impose a crushing jail sentence on Mitchell.
"But you are a menace. You have become a danger to the community.”
Judge Gaynor questioned whether Mitchell had a death wish or wanted to spend his life in jail.
She said he faced limping around in prison for years due to his serious criminal activities and injuries sustained during his offending.
Mitchell was arrested on September 2 last year after a high-speed crash near Camperdown.
A Subaru Forrester veered onto the wrong side of the Princes Highway, about five kilometres from Camperdown, into the path of a B-double petrol tanker.
The Subari struck the back of the trailer of the B-double and then crashed off the road and into a paddock.
Mitchell suffered a broken leg and broken arm in the crash.
Mitchell has prior convictions for trafficking ice, armed robberies, aggravated burglaries, firearms offences and stealing a safe containing $6000, resulting in him spending significant periods in youth justice centres.
Carter also has a significant criminal history and was introduced to cannabis by his heroin addict father when he was just 13 years old.
On Monday this week Carter pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to breaching bail and a community corrections order.
Defence counsel Adam Bellman said it was expected that Carter would received a significant period of imprisonment on Thursday in the county court.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose adjourned the further hearing of the new charges until January 15.