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You need to be careful with this. The first problem I can see immediately is that receiving an unpleasant message is nothing even remotely like severe provocation. It is just annoying. Severe provocation would be something like the murder of your child.
Things like that are always better if they are understated.
If he has been sending objectionable messages as well then you would probably be able to argue that it is six of one and half a dozen of the other but that is not severe provocation.
In any event, provocation is not a defence.
Reasonable excuse is not even a statutory defence.
The only defences are that you either did not send it or that the message is not obscene, menacing or indecent.
In fairness, those words are almost as strong as 'extreme provocation' and the Crown do have a tendency to try to apply them to messages that are only mildly annoying as well so there is always a challenge in that.
However, this is a summary only offence so can only be tried by Magistrates and they do not have the best reputation for being fair to the defence.
Can I clarify anything for you?
No, not really.
There is no defence in saying that he started the whole thing.
I'm really sorry but all this would do is establish that he was no better than you which, in truth, is pretty commonly the case with the criminal law. Victims do tend to be just next week's defendant.
Most of these malicious communication offences are a load of twaddle.