A Gweru teenager has murdered a family maid as they quarelled over a memory card.

The 14-year-old boy, who has since been arrested by police, struck the deceased woman identified as Nyarai Kadonzva (41) with a hoe before attempting to commit suicide by drinking a cleaning detergent.

The incident occurred on Sunday evening and the juvenile allegedly spent two days with the body in the house without alerting anyone.

He later attempted suicide by drinking a detergent but survived and is admitted at Gweru Provincial Hospital, where he is recuperating.

He spoke to the ZBC News on his hospital bed and explained that he struck Kadonzva on the head with a hoe several times after she had accused him of stealing a memory card and a tools box.

He then dragged the body of the deceased from the lounge to the toilet where he removed her blood stained clothes and placed them in a plastic bag and left the deceased lying in a pool of blood.

Neighbours say on Sunday evening, at around 11, they heard a sharp scream which quickly subsided. 

The following day when they attempted to investigate what might had happened, the boy refused to open the doors.

The boy was staying with the maid as his parents are in Mozambique where they are working.