A former Miss Italy contestant has been left horrifically scarred and could lose her sight after her ex-boyfriend allegedly threw acid in her face.
She has suffered deep burns to the face and eye and is in a specialist unit in hospital.
The acid also damaged her hip and leg.
Police have arrested Gessica’s ex-boyfriend, 29-year-old Jorge Edson Tavares.
The pair met while working at the ‘Delfinario’ attraction, an aquarium which features dolphin shows.
Facebook Gessica also had a career as a TV presenter after becoming a finalist in the 2007 Miss Italy competition.
But Tavares, from Cape Verde, was issued with a harassment order after they split, La Stampa reports.
He denies carrying out the attack and claims to have an alibi, police said.
A friend of Gessica said: “She was always smiling, always optimistic.
Her mother is destroyed by this.