A standing hearing for the inquest into the beating death of Stony Mountain inmate Durval (David) Tavares will take place in Winnipeg on Dec. 23, the province of Manitoba announced Friday.

On March 20, 2005, Tavares, 40, was found unresponsive in a washroom located near the federal prison's gymnasium and pronounced dead, a provincial news release said.

Tavares, who had been a long-time resident of Thunder Bay, Ont., died from blunt force trauma. Three men were convicted in his homicide.

A standing hearing gives witnesses who would like to participate in the inquest the opportunity to come forward.

"Inquests explore the circumstances and events leading to deaths for the purpose of finding out what, if anything, might be done to prevent similar deaths in the future," the news release states.

Those interested in applying for standing should contact Omar Siddiqui, inquest counsel, at 204-945-2852 or omar.siddiqui@gov.mb.ca by Friday, Dec. 11.